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Human Rights Update 1997

Profile: Chadrel Rinpoche – the man who found the XI Panchen Lama

Almost two years after his disappearance, Chadrel Rinpoche, the abbot of the Tashilhunpo Monastery and also the head of the Search Committee for the reincarnation of the 11th Panchen Lama was sentenced to six years imprisonment and three years deprivation of political rights. A close disciple of the 10th Panchen Lama, Chadrel Rinpoche was appointed the head of the Search Committee by the Chinese Government, but was subsequently charged with “plotting to split the country” and “leaking state secrets” and sentenced on 21 April 1997. Rinpoche, popularly known as Chadrel Rinpoche, was born in 1939 in a place 340 km …

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Results of Panchen Lama art competition

In commemoration of the Proclamation Day of May 14, 1995, when the Dalai Lama officially announced Gedhun Cheokyi Nyima as the XIth reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, TCHRD invited Tibetan school children in India to design a picture or cartoon relating to the Panchen Lama. The response was outstanding with 211 artworks received and we congratulate all those who participated for their great effort and creativity. Congratulations in particular to the following 22 winners: Name Class School Tsering Ten VIII D Upper TCV Tenzin Norzom X K Lower TCV Tenzin Choedak VIIIB CST Dalhousie Tenzin Norbu IX B THF Mussoorie …

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Profile: Labourer sentenced to 16 years and denied visits from dying wife

Rinzin Wangyal was first arrested in 1966-67 for allegedly organising an underground movement and served between 15 to 17 years in prison. He was again arrested in 1995 on suspicion of planning to disrupt “TAR” anniversary celebrations for which he is reportedly serving a 16 year prison term. His wife, nearing death, made repeated appeals to the authorities to visit her husband for a final time. The pleas were ignored and it is unknown at this time whether she has since passed away. Rinzin Wangyal (also known as Rinwang) is a 50-year-old from Lhasa. After 1959, he worked as a …

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