DHARAMSHALA: A popular Tibetan singer named Amchok Phuljung, imprisoned for singing songs of praise for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, was released from Sichuan’s Mianyang Prison on 2 February, after serving his four-year sentence.
According to TCHRD reports, this is the first information on Amchok Phuljung after his arbitrary detention on 3 August 2012 in Barkham County. The physically challenged singer was held in prolonged incommunicado detention and sentenced in secret on unknown charges. In June 2012, following an arrest warrant issued in his name, Phuljung went into hiding for about two months but was eventually captured by the police.
Phuljung was arbitrarily detained in August 2012 shortly after the release of his music DVD that contained songs of praise for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan political leader Sikyong Lobsang Sangay.
Many of Phuljung’s songs, including Kind Lama, Yeshi Norbu expresses his reverence and admiration for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay. His songs, the Heroes and We have Support reflects the sufferings of Tibetans inside Tibet.
At the time of his release, the local Chinese authorities had warned the family members against gathering near the prison to welcome him.
Singer Amchok Phuljung is a native of Kakhok County in Ngaba town, Amdo region of eastern Tibet. He was 33 years old when he was arrested in 2012.