China: Campaign to protect free speech in Tibet
To highlight the fast shrinking space for writers and artists to freely and fearlessly express their views and to pressure China to respect Tibetan rights, Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, in partnership with Voice of Tibet and Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts is running a ‘Banned Expression’ campaign on social media and on official websites of the organisers.
“Over a hundred Tibetan writers, poets, artists, intellectuals and cultural figures have been arrested, tortured and imprisoned since the 2008 uprising in Tibet. By daring to refute China’s official narrative of events surrounding the 2008 Uprising, these courageous Tibetans represent a significant new challenge to the Chinese authorities,” wrote the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy.
» See on www.tchrd.org
» Campaign page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/freespeechtibet
Two singers arrested
Two Tibetan singers, Trinley Tsekar, 22, and Gonpo Tenzin, 25 have been arrested in separate incidents in late November 2013 in Diru County, according to the Tibetan Center For Human Rights and Democracy.
Singer Trinley Tsekar was arrested on around 20 November 2013 and sources with contacts in Diru said he was arrested because he had distributed a DVD that contained songs he had sung on Tibetan identity, culture and language.
Gonpo Tenzin was arrested on 30 November 2013 in Lhasa on unknown charges. There is no confirmed information on the causes of his sudden and arbitrary arrest. Friends of the singer suspect that he might have been arrested in connection with his songs that contained lyrics calling for the promotion and propagation of Tibetan culture, literature and language. Gonpo Tenzin had distributed a number of DVDs of his songs among local Tibetans.
» See on www.tchrd.org
Apart from the Tibetan Center’s report, the arrests have also been reported by:
» Radio Free Asia (including the Tibetan Service): www.rfa.org
» VOA Tibetan Service: www.voatibetan.com
» Tibetan news website: www.phayul.com
‘Banned Expression’: Tibet Awareness Concert
Live web-cast from Dharamsala
On 10 December 2013, an Awareness Concert is organised to promote free speech in Tibet. It will feature Parikrama, a well-respected rock band in India, and will be web-casted live at 5:30pm Indian time on youtube.com: www.youtube.com/embed/_8JmI7-tpAw
The concert is organised by Voice of Tibet, Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, and the Tibetan Center For Human Rights and Democracy.
The Awareness Concert starts at:
8:00pm Beijing time
5:30pm Indian time
2:00pm Finnish time
1:00pm Norwegian/Danish/German/Swizz time
12:00 noon GMT in United Kingdom
7:00am in Toronto, Canada, New York and Washington DC, USA
The Times of India – 6 December 2013:
Tibetans pick human rights day to take on China
To oppose China’s hardliner policies that include ban on freedom of expression, hundreds of poets, artists, intellectuals, writers and cultural personalities from across the country would congregate at Mcleodganj on the forthcoming human rights day. The event, named ‘banned expression campaign’, would be aired live on the web by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) in association with Voice of Tibet. Article by S Gopal Puri