Tibet: Equity calls for release of imprisoned singers
24 September 2014
Since 2012, eleven singers have been imprisoned in Tibet after writing and performing songs about Tibetan culture and people. Some of the singers have been imprisoned without ever being charged, and some have been denied visits from their family. You can find out more about the singers on the Free Tibet website.
Today Equity General Secretary Christine Payne has written to Wu Aiying, Chinese Minister of Justice, to add Equity's name to calls for the singers to be released.
Christine writes: "As the trade union for singers and other performing arts professionals in the United Kingdom, Equity believes that performers all around the world have the right to freedom of artistic expression - a right enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is not a crime for Tibetan artists to sing in their own language about their own culture."
Christine's letter can be read in full here.
You can also add your name to calls for the singers to be released by signing Free Tibet's petition.