Chinese Totalitarian Regime Jails Two Tibetans For Praising The Dalai Lama
By N24 Correspondent, NEW DELHI:- The Chinese totalitarian regime led by the Communist Party of China (CPC) has sentenced two Tibetans for seven and three years each for composing and uploading a song in social media that praised the Dalai Lama, the only legitimate spiritual leader of Tibetans all over the world, now based in Dharmashala, India.
According to Tibet Post International (TPI), a young Tibetan man called Khadro Tseten composed a song praising His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, later sung by Tsego, a Tibetan singer. The two were sentenced by an Intermediate People’s Court in Rebgong County earlier this month.
Tseten was sentenced to a seven-year jail term and Tsego was sentenced to three years in prison. Both were charged with ‘inciting to split the country’ and ‘sharing country’s secrets to the outside world’, TPI quoted a source, who did not want to be named, as saying.
“In 2019, Chinese police arrested the two and a Tibetan girl from the same village, who shared the song on social media. Tseten was sentenced to seven years – five years for ‘inciting to split the country’ and two years for ‘sharing the country’s secrets to the outside world,” the source said.
“The Tibetan girl was released after one year in police custody. But Tsego was sentenced to three years in prison for the same reasons of ‘inciting to split the country’ and ‘sharing country’s secrets to the outside world.”
Khadro Tseten, and Tsego were from Dokarmo township in Tsekhog County, Malho of eastern Tibet. Other details about their locations were unavailable.
“Tseten was earlier arrested in December 2012 on accusations relating to Rebgong Tibetan students’ protest for the freedom of Tibetan language in 2010. He was in Chinese police custody until July 2014. Even after his release, he was kept under police surveillance and his identity card was confiscated. He was not allowed to return to his school and his movements in the society were restricted even until 2018,” the source further said.
“Locals respected Tseten as he had always been a patriotic Tibetan, but he could not do much recently, as heavy restrictions were imposed on him by the Chinese authorities,” the source said, adding: “He was married and had become a father recently. His family and relatives did not share the information with the outside world, as they feared more prosecution and problems for his family.”
Despite prison sentences and harsh crackdown on Tibetan artists and writers, these heinous acts of the Chinese authorities have not prevented more and more Tibetans to express themselves through poetry, blogging, books, painting, and song, among other means of the freedom of expression.