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Tibetan exiles demand release of 11th Panchen Lama

April 27, 2009

Thaindian
April 25, 2009

Dharamsala, Apr 25 (ANI) -- On the occasion of
the 20th birth anniversary of the 11th Panchen
Lama, which falls on April 25, Tibetans from all
walks of life have demanded that China to free him immediately.

Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, also known as the 11th
Panchen Lama, is said to be under captivity of
the Chinese authorities for the last 13 years.

Many Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns and Tibetan
students gathered at the Tsuglagkhang Temple to
offer prayers to the Panchen Lama.

Tibet’s Religion and Culture Minister-in-exile
Tsering Phungchok said they are praying for the
long life and early release of the Panchen Lama.

"Today, we are offering prayers on the occasion
of 20th birthday of the Panchen Lama who has been
captured by the Chinese authorities. We are
praying for his long life," Phungchok said.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Tibetan Buddhist monks and
members of the Tibetan Youth Congress gathered at
Ten-Khang ((a Buddhist open-air prayer space) in
Shimla to offer prayers to the boy monk.

Tibetan youths are hopeful of receiving
international support for the release of the 11th Panchen Lama.

"Today is the 20th birthday of Panchen Rinpoche
Lama, but still he is under the confinement of
the Chinese rules. So we are demanding to the
United Nations Organisations and the Indian
Government to support us in the release of 11th
Panchen Lama. So it is the firm determination and
the consolidation to release the Panchen Lama," said Palden, a Tibetan youth.

At the age of six in May 1995, Gendhun Choekyi
Nyima was recognized the reincarnation of 10th
Panchen Lama by Tibetan spiritual guru the Dalai
Lama. Tibetans believe that the Chinese
authorities have captured the boy monk. Since
then they want to know about the whereabouts of
the 11th Panchen Lama and demand his immediate release. (ANI)
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