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Where is the Panchen Lama?

25 years ago, six year old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was kidnapped by the Chinese government after he’d been recognised as the Tibet’s 11th Panchen Lama.

Gedhun Choekyi Nyima became the world’s youngest political prisoner and has not been seen since. He is now 31 years old.

Since his abduction and disappearance in 1995, the Chinese government has repeatedly dismissed requests for his release and for full disclosure about the Panchen Lama’s location and well-being.

JOIN THE ACTION: Take part in 25 Actions for 25 Years – between now and May 2021 – to build more awareness about his important case.

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The Panchen Lama Today

The Panchen Lama (Tib: པཎ་ཆེན་རེན་པོ་ཆེ།) is one of the most important religious leaders in Tibet. The 10th Panchen Lama, a vocal advocate of Tibet cultural and identity, and he passed away mysteriously in 1989.

In 1995 Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, was recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the 11th Panchen Lama.

Just weeks later, on 17 May, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was ‘removed’ from his home by Chinese authorities, along with his family; he was just six years old.

in 2019 a forensic image of what Gedhun Choekyi Nyima might look today was been produced by a forensic artist, Tim Widden, who has worked on a number of missing people cases as part of the UK National Crime Agency.

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Gedhun Choekyi Nyima

25 years ago, six year old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was kidnapped by the Chinese government after he’d been recognised as the Tibet’s 11th Panchen Lama; he became the world’s youngest political prisoner and had not been seen since.

He is now 31 years old.

Since his disappearance the Chinese government has repeatedly dismissed requests for full disclosure about his and his family’s location and well-being, and all appeals for his release have to date been rejected.

TAKE ACTION: Urge G7 Leaders to demand information about Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and call on China for his immediate release.

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Chöekyi Gyaltsen, the 10th Panchen Lama 1938 – 1989

The Panchen Lama (Tib: པཎ་ཆེན་རེན་པོ་ཆེ།) is one of the most important religious leaders in Tibet. The 10th Panchen Lama, a vocal advocate of Tibet cultural and identity until he passed away mysteriously in 1989. In 1995 Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, was recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the 11th Panchen Lama.

Just weeks later, on 17 May, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was ‘removed’ from his home by Chinese authorities, along with his family; he was just six years old.

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Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was 6 years old in 1995 when he was recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the 11th reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, one of Tibet most important religious leaders.

He was born on April 25, 1989 in central Tibet. As soon as he was recognized as the 11th Panchen Lama, Chinese authorities took him and his family into custody. Few other people, particularly Chadral Rinpoche, the head of the search party was arrested and sentenced for leaking his information to the Dalai Lama.

The Chinese government asserted its political motive into the reincarnation search by installing another young boy, Gyaincain Norbu as the 11th Panchen Lama. The replacement was kept in Beijing and recently given a political title in the Chinese government, equivalent to that of a member of parliament or congressmen. He was routinely asked to make propaganda statement for the Chinese government.

For twenty years, concerned people and human rights entities all over the world have urged the Chinese government to release the Panchen Lama to no avail. The whereabouts and wellbeing of the Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima is a serious concern and the Chinese government should heed the call of devotees and supporters for his immediate release.

Missing since he was six-years old; is this what Gedhun Choekyi Nyima looks like at 30?

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International Tibet Network
International Tibet Network10 hours ago
The west needs to reconsider its systems, its political and cultural prospects, and rediscover its humanitarianism. These challenges are not only political, they are intellectual. It is time to abandon the old thinking and the vocabulary that controls it. Without new vocabulary, new thinking cannot be born. In the current struggle in Hong Kong, for example, the theory is simple and the faith is pure. The new political generation in Hong Kong deserves careful respect from the west, and new vocabulary to talk about it.

“Sanctions” is a cold war term that names an old policy. If the US can’t think beyond them, the primacy of its position in this changing world will disappear.
International Tibet Network
International Tibet Network19 hours ago
“And those who came in to watch were put under strict restrictions, such as having to show their identity cards and signing documents pledging not to engage in any protests,” RFA’s source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
International Tibet Network
International Tibet Network2 days ago
Gyaltsen Norbu, called Gyaincain in Chinese, arrived in Lhasa on July 31 and was greeted by Chinese authorities, students, and civil servants, and later went to pray on Aug. 3 in Lhasa’s Jokhang temple, media sources said.

Few in Lhasa appear to have been aware of the Panchen Lama’s visit, though, a city resident told RFA’s Tibetan Service this week.

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/panchen-08062020103440.html

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2 days ago
Political prisoners have no hope in #Tibet. By jailing them till death, #CCP wants to send a message across that #China is creating an eternal hell in #Tibet. The #PanchenLama is perfect example who has been under lockdown for 25 years. #FreeTibet #FreePanchenLama https://t.co/G9BknIBWs8 NatsumiSaito5 photo
4 days ago
Am 17. Mai 1995 wurde der 6-jährige #PanchenLama aus #Tibet entführt. Zum 25. Jahrestag fordern wir von der chinesischen Regierung Auskunft über den Verbleib von Gedhun Choekyi Nyima – und seine sofortige Freilassung! #FreePanchenLama

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