|A Chinese court has sentenced the Tibetan singer Tashi Dhondup (also sometimes spelled Tashi Dondrup) to one year and seven months’ imprisonment for producing a music album with “subversive songs”.
CD-cover of ‘Torture
The album titled ‘Torture Without Trace’ contains 13 songs expressing nostalgia for the exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama and remembering the Chinese government’s crackdown on Tibetans in March 2008, with lyrics such as:
“The pain that there is no freedom in the land of Tibet.
A member of the Henan Mongolian Autonomous Region Arts Troupe, Tashi Dondrup is a popular music star in the Amdo region of eastern Tibet. ‘Torture Without Trace’ was banned by Chinese authorities in central Henan province in November 2009 after 3,000–5,000 copies of the album had already been sold within the first month after its October-2009-release.
Tashi Dondrup went in hiding in Xining, where, on 3 December 2009, according to the International Campaign for Tibet, he was arrested at a restaurant, held at gun-point while his wife wept and grabbed one of the police officer’s legs in an attempt to hold him back.
The 30-year-old singer was held two months in a detention centre in Sog County, until on 30 January 2010, according to the International Campaign for Tibet, a Chinese court in Sogpo Mongol Autonomous County, Malho Tibet Autonomous Prefecture, sentenced him to one year and seven months’ imprisonment for “producing a music album with subversive songs”.
15 months of re-education
According to several sources, China has launched a massive crackdown on Tibetan artists, writers and intellectuals, following the nationwide protests that started on 10 March 2008 in Lhasa and spread across the Tibetan plateau.
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“Our root-lama, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
‘Torture Without Trace’ track listing
01: Waiting With Hope
All thirteen music videos from the album ‘Torture Without Trace’ have been uploaded on sonam0tenzin’ youtube channel on youtube.com/sonam0tenzin.
Lyrics of the song ‘Torture Without Trace’
First, the hurt from being denied my parents’ love
Translated by Bhuchung D. Sonam of Tibet Writes
I will sing for the rest of my life
For which even if I am killed
I have no regrets
From the song ‘No Regrets’ by Tashi Dhondup
Source: High Peaks Pure Earth
TibetCustom – 31 March 2010:
‘Torture Without Trace: Five Songs by Detained Tibetan Singer Tashi Dhondup’
Phayul.com – 30 January 2010:
‘Tibetan singer sentenced to over a year’s imprisonment for “subversive songs” ‘
International Campaign for Tibet – 8 December 2009:
‘Tibetan singer Tashi Dhondup detained’
High Peaks Pure Earth – 29 January 2009:
‘What kinds of songs are “reactionary songs”?’