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Tibetans in London Mark Missing XIth Panchen Lama's 20th Birthday

April 28, 2009

by SFT-UK
April 27, 2009

London, April 25 -- 20 years ago, in 1995, the
Dalai Lama recognized Gendun Choekyi Nyima as the
reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama.

Days later, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was kidnapped
along with his family by the Chinese government.
Only six years old at the time, he was then the
world's youngest prisoner of conscience.

He has not been seen nor heard from since. The
Chinese government continues to insist that it
has the right to appoint Tibtan Lamas, and says
it's nomination, Gyaltsen Norbu is the true 11th Panchen Lama.

However, Tibetans inside and outside Tibet view
him as little more than a puppet for Communist propaganda.

The Chinese government maintains that Gedghun
Choekyi Nyima does not wish to be disturbed by
the outside world, and repeatedly denies foreign
human rights organisations access to him and his
family. Today Tibetans everywhere deeply mourn
his absence as they observe his 20th birthday. In
London, Tibetans and supporters gathered for a
vigil opposite the Chinese embassy. People sang
'Happy Birthday' wishing for the well-being of
Panchen Lama. Birthday cards were dropped into
the letter box of the Chinese embassy. Prayers
and a minute silence were followed for the long
life of Panchen lama and to remember the brave
Tibetans who sacrificed their lives for the Tibetan cause.
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