China: Two Tibetan singers sentenced to two years in prison

13 June 2013

Two Tibetan singers, Pema Trinley, 22, and Chakdor, 32, who were detained in 2012 for releasing a music album titled ‘Agony of Unhealed Wounds’ are reported by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy to have been secretly sentenced to two years in prison.


The two singers come from a nomadic village called Meuruma. They had recorded and distributed a music DVD containing songs about the current situation in Tibet, including self-immolation protests, as well as songs in praise of the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama, Kirti Rinpoche (exiled head of the Kirti monastery) and Lobsang Sangay (exiled Tibetan political leader).

In July 2012, only few days after the release of the music album, both singers were arrested in the neighbouring Machu (in Chinese: Maqu) County in Kanlho (Chinese: Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province.

For over six months, they were detained in Ngaba County, sources told the human rights centre, before their secret sentencing in February 2013. Their whereabouts remain unknown. Two other Tibetans, musician Khenrap and lyricist Nyagdompo, who collaborated with the sentenced singers on the music album, have also gone missing.

Chakdor is a close cousin of Choepa who died in a self-immolation protest on 10 August 2012.

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Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy – 13 June 2013:
Two Tibetan singers secretly sentenced but whereabouts unknown

A translation of Chakdor’s song, ‘This is How It is’ is available on

Here is an excerpt:

Our rich natural resources,
Are being destroyed and exploited by coercion,
Our land is being robbed of its resources,
Against our wishes.

The legacies left by wise ancestors,
In the form of ten traditional wisdoms,
Are being systematically annihilated,
Against our wishes.

The snow covered mountain ranges,
The brave young patriots of Tibet,
Have been mercilessly murdered and slaughtered,
Against our wishes.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
The living Buddha of our snowland,
Has been forced to go into exile,
Such is our tragic fate.

The following is an excerpt form Pema Thinley’s song, ‘Tragic Voices’ (in Tibeban: ‘Me-Ngag’)

Our spiritual teacher has been exiled to a foreign place,
The Tibetan people are turned into orphans,
The suffering under Chinese oppression is brutal,
Yet I couldn’t express the brutality.
The martyrs of our snow land Tibet,
Have offered their bodies as burning fuel,
The flames of their pain is great,
Yet I can’t hear the shrills of this excruciating pain.

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