On World Human Rights Day (HRD), 10 December 2016, we remind China and the world that the Chinese government has held five Tibetan musicians in its prisons for nothing more than singing and writing songs.
As of 10 December 2016:
- Lo Lo spent 1,386 days in prison
- Shawo Tashi spent 1,414 days in prison
- Kelsang Yarphel spent 744 days in prison
- Gonpo Tenzin spent 605 days in prison
- Trinley Tsekar spent 1,087 days in prison
On World Human Rights Day, these five artists have collectively spent 5,236 days in prison; that is nearly 14 years and 4 months of collective prison time for practicing their human right to artistic freedom.
Art is not a crime.
Freemuse calls on the Chinese government to:
- Immediate release the imprisoned musicians, as well as other artists
- Abolish the arbitrary charge of “seditiously splitting the state”
- Respect the rule of law and international human rights
- Provide transparency in cases of imprisoned artists
Freemuse began its “#ArtIsNotACrime not in Tibet, not anywhere” campaign on 5 December 2016, highlighting the case of each of the musicians imprisoned for their art each day until World Human Rights Day 2016.
But our work does not stop now.
We will continue to campaign for the release of Lo Lo, Shawo Tashi, Kelsang Yarphel, Gonpo Tenzin, Trinley Tsekar, and any other artist China imprisons for violating their human right to freely create art.
We will continue to monitor and document China’s violations on artistic freedom because the country holds the unenviable position of consistently being one of the top human rights violators on artistic freedom, according to our reports.
Please help us by sharing these musicians’ stories today, and every day until they are released.
#ArtIsNotACrime – not in Tibet, not anywhere.
Find out about each imprisoned musician and how you can help by clicking on their profile photo below: