Two Tibetans, monk and singer, sentenced to prison

A monk and a singer had been sentenced to five years and six years respectively by a Chinese court in Siling (Ch: Xining), capital of Qinghai Province.

On 23 February 2013, Lobsang Jinpa, 31, a monk from Nyatso Zilkar Monastery was sentenced to five years in prison, according to reliable information received by TCHRD. The monastery is located in Tridu (Ch: Chenduo) County in Kyegudo (Ch: Yushu) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province. 

Lobsang Jinpa given five years in prison

Lobsang Jinpa given five years in prison

Lolo

Singer Lolo sentenced to six years in prison

On the same day, Lolo, 30, a popular Tibetan singer was given six years in prison, sources told TCHRD. Lolo was first detained on 19 April 2012 for releasing a music album that contained songs with politically-charged lyrics such as the well-known “Raise the Tibetan flag, Children of Snowland” (click here for English translation of the lyrics). After a brief detention, he was released but was detained again and sentenced on 23 February this year.

Lobsang Jinpa was detained on 1 September 2012, along with four other monks during a massive raid on Nyatso Zilkar Monastery by Chinese security forces. During the surprise raid, many monks were beaten and personal possessions of the five detained monks were confiscated. (click here for full report) Sources told TCHRD that the September 2012 raid and subsequent detention of the monks were related to the 8 February 2012 peaceful protest staged by the monks. (click here for a video of the protest)

A view of Nyatso Zilkar Monastery in Tridu County in Yushu Prefecture

A view of Nyatso Zilkar Monastery in Tridu County in Yushu Prefecture

Two of the five monks, Sonam Sherab, 41, and Sonam Yignyen, 45, were sentenced to two years in prison by a court in Siling (Ch: Xining) city, capital of Qinghai.  The charges against the two remain unknown. Ngawang Monlam, 31, a disabled monk with leg problem, was detained for a month and released. Tsultrim Kalsang, 26, has spent the last few months recovering in a hospital from injuries sustained during his detention. Sources told TCHRD that Tsultrim Kalsang was severely beaten and tortured owing to which he had to be hospitalised. It is likely that he would be sentenced like fellow monk Lobsang Jinpa after he recovers from his illness. Lobsang Jinpa was released briefly due to medical reasons but was detained again and sentenced after his recovery.