Lhundrub Drakpa

Summary: Lhundrub Drakpa, a Tibetan singer, has been sentenced to six years in prison for performing a song that criticised Chinese government’s repressive policies in Driru County, Nagchu Prefecture, Kham (Ch: Biru, Tibet Autonomous Region).
Charge: Unknown
Sentence: Six Years
Status: Lhundrub Drakpa was detained for over a year without access to family. He was beaten during his detention and is in serious danger of being tortured.

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Lhundrup Drakpa, a popular Tibetan singer from Driru, was sentenced to six-years in prison in June 2020.

HIS CRIME? Performing a song about the repression that Tibetans face under China’s occupation.

Lhundrup Drakpa was detained by Chinese authorities in May 2019 after performing a song titled “Black Hat” that contains lyrics that denounce years of China’s repressive policies and practices in Tibet. He was beaten during detention and is in serious danger of further torture and even death at the hand of Chinese authorities.

Lhundrub Drakpa is known by Tibetans for his devotion to Tibetan cultural and artistic traditions. He is one of the most popular Tibetan singers in the region, his songs overwhelmingly focus on asserting Tibetan national identity and expressing pride in Tibetan culture and traditions as a way of voicing dissent and countering the false propaganda of Chinese authorities.

Drakpa had been detained previously in connection to his songs. In 2013 he was detained in relation to a song called “Tashi Yardo”, a collaboration with another well-known Tibetan singer, Gonpo Tenzin. Gonpo Tenzin was detained in November 2013 and held for a year and a half before being found guilty of “spittism” – a state security crime often used against Tibetans who protest or express their culture outside of the boundaries tolerated by the ruling Chinese occupation – and sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment. He was released on 1 August 2018.

Drakpa remained under surveillance by local authorities but continued to post short verses expressing pride in Tibetan culture and traditions and calling out the destruction of Tibet’s environment and the Tibetan language.

Lhundrub Drakpa is known by Tibetans for his devotion to Tibetan cultural and artistic traditions. He is one of the most popular Tibetan singers in the region, his songs overwhelmingly focus on asserting Tibetan national identity and expressing pride in Tibetan culture and traditions as a way of voicing dissent and countering the false propaganda of Chinese authorities.

Lhundrub Drakpa has committed no crime and he must be immediately released.

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