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Famed Tibetan dunglen artist Kelsang Yarphel released from prison after four years

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) welcomes the release of popular Tibetan singer and composer Mr Kelsang Yarphel from prison after the completion of his four-year term. Mr Yarphel, 41, was released yesterday from Mianyang Prison near Chengdu city, capital of Sichuan Province. Despite heavy restrictions, TCHRD was able to obtain photos and videos that confirm the artist’s release. In one of the videos, friends greet him with traditional Tibetan ceremonial scarves (khatas) while another showed the artist wearing a baseball cap singing at a banquet. Mr Yarphel and his family stayed overnight at Chengdu city before …

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Tibetan mother jailed for protecting body of self-immolator released after four years

A Tibetan woman named Tsedup Kyi was welcomed home by family members and 200 other local Tibetans after her release in Choejema Township in Ngaba (Ch:Aba) County in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, in the Tibetan province of Amdo. Kyi, 32, was released from Mianyang Prison, located near Chengdu city, on 5 April after serving a four-year prison term. The news of her arrest did not reach the world community at the time due to heavy restrictions on communication in Tibet. Latest information received by TCHRD reveals that Kyi was imprisoned in connection with the self-immolation of Lobsang …

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Tibetan monk arrested for spearheading protest during 2008 uprising released after 10 years

A Tibetan monk jailed for spearheading a mass protest against Chinese rule during the 2008 uprising in Tibet was released after 10 years. Choktrin Gyatso, 44, was released at around 5 p.m local time on 15 April from a prison in Siling (Ch: Xining) city, capital of Qinghai Province. When he reached home from Xining, it was midnight. This was a calculated move on the part of the Chinese authorities to prevent local Tibetans from welcoming the monk and taking his photos. Verbal warnings were also issued by Chinese prison authorities that Gyatso and his family are not allowed to …

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