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Tibetans Demand the Release of 11th Panchen Lama and all other Political Prisoners imprisoned in Tibet

April 25, 2008

For Immediate Release
Issued by: The Tibetan Solidarity Committee- Delhi Chapter
April 24, 2008

On the occasion of the 19th Birth Anniversary of the Panchen Lama Gedhun
Choekyi Nyima (April 25, 2008), we urge the Chinese government to free
the Panchen Lama immediately and unconditionally as well as release all
political prisoners imprisoned in Tibet.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama recognized Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as the 11th
Panchen Lama on May 14, 1995. Within days of the announcement, the
Chinese police took the six year old child and his family from their
home and to this day their whereabouts and well-being are unknown.

Despite repeated attempt, no international human rights organizations
not even the United Nations have been allowed access to the Panchen Lama
or his family members.

Instead China has played reincarnation politics by nominating and
selecting their own Panchen Lama in November 1995. Behind this and
various other recent Chinese promulgated policies on reincarnation and
religion lies their agenda to undermine and control the Tibetan people,
their religion, and their nation.

The ongoing Chinese crackdown has resulted in 154 reported deaths, over
500 injured and many thousands arrested. We urge the Chinese government
to release all the people arrested and cease further arbitrary arrests
and detentions. In addition, we also demand the release of the 119 known
Tibetan political prisoners who remain imprisoned prior to the crackdown.

To mark the day, Tibetan Solidarity Committee-Delhi chapter will
organize a special event starting at 11 am in the morning. Among other
activities, there will be a Tibetan children's painting competition. We
will have a host of guest speakers to address the public. Well-known
Indian band Parikrama will perform a few acoustic numbers in solidarity
with the Tibetan struggle in the evening of the same day.

Indian supporters of the Tibetan cause will launch a signature campaign
to pressure the Indian government to take a stronger stand on the
Tibetan issue and yet another international student's group will be
taking out a free the Panchen Lama petition campaign.

Contact person: Youdon Aukatsang 9999915061 9868944267
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
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