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Tibetan singers released after four years in jail

Their songs praised the exiled Dalai Lama and Tibetan self-immolation protests

October 7, 2016

Two Tibetan singers have been released from jail in southwestern China after they completed a four-year sentence given to them for a music CD they produced that included politically sensitive songs, reports RFA.

Pema Trinley, 27, and Chakdor, 35, were freed from a Sichuan province prison on Oct. 3 and returned to their homes in Ngaba county's Meruma township, a predominantly Tibetan area a source told RFA's Tibetan Service.

"When they arrived in their hometown, relatives, former prison mates, and other supporters gave them a warm welcome by offering ceremonial scarves," said RFA's anonymous source.

Trinley and Chakdor were detained in 2012 by Chinese authorities after they produced their CD called The Pain of an Open Wound which praised the exiled Dalai Lama and Tibetan self-immolation protests that opposed Chinese rule in Tibetan areas, the source said.

Chakdor's brother was one of those Tibetans who self-immolated, the report said.

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