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Where Is The Panchen Lama?

Friday, 02 August 2013

Panchen Lama 20 years missing 2015 webGedhun Choekyi Nyima was just six years old in 1995 when he was recognised by his Holiness the Dalai Lama as the 11th Panchen Lama, one of Tibet's most important religious leaders. Days later he and his family were taken into custody by Chinese authorities and have not been seen since.

The Panchen Lama has been called the world’s youngest political prisoner. 

The two key dates are 25 April, His Holiness the Panchen Lama’s birthday, and 17 May, the date that he was abducted.

Take Action NOW: Sign the petition to Sun Chunlan, Minister of the United Front Work Department, China's official spokesperson for Tibetan affairs

 

 

ATC joins with Tibet Network member groups in other countries to continue to prioritise the Panchen Lama, and press governments and UN Special Procedures to raise his case and seek information about his whereabouts and well being.

The Panchen Lama bears part of the responsibility for finding the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama. His abduction is seen as an attempt to assert China’s political control over the reincarnation of Tibet’s Buddhist leaders.

The disappearance of the Panchen Lama by Chinese authorities is considered a violation of the UN Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. Tibet supporters, Tibetans, human rights organisations and governments the world over have consistently urged China to release him. While Chinese authorities admit to taking him they refuse to reveal his whereabouts.

We need your help, as part of the global campaign, to find him. Please join the action to ask “Where is the Panchen Lama?”

Urge Sun Chunlan, Minister of the United Front Work Department, China's official spokesperson for Tibetan affairs, to give accurate information about the whereabouts and well-being of Gedhun and his family.