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Prison Sentence for 2 Musicians Who Released Album of Protest Songs

June 17, 2013

by Edward Wong

June 14, 2013 - Two Tibetan musicians detained about a year ago by Chinese security officers have each been given a two-year prison sentence, according to Free Tibet, an advocacy group based in London. The two musicians, Pema Trinlay, 22, and Chakdor, 32, from Ngaba in Sichuan Province, produced an album called “The Pain of an Unhealed Wound.” The album has 12 songs, among them ones that praised the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of the Tibetans, and the scores of Tibetans who have set themselves on fire since 2009 to protest Chinese rule. The singers were sentenced in February, but news of the punishments has only now begun to emerge, Free Tibet said in its news release on Thursday. About 120 ethnic Tibetans in Chinese-ruled regions have self-immolated. Many of the monks who set themselves on fire came from the Kirti Monastery in Sichuan Province on the eastern edge of the Tibetan plateau. The monastery has been in conflict with the Chinese authorities since 2008, during a widespread Tibetan uprising.

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