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TCHRD commemorates XIth Panchen Lama’s 15th birthday

Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the XIth Panchen Lama of Tibet, turns 15 on 25 April 2004. It is his ninth year in Chinese custody at an undisclosed location after he and his parents disappeared in 1995. On 14 May 1995, His Holiness the Dalai Lama recognised Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as the reincarnation of the Xth Panchen Lama. The government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) declared the announcement invalid and illegal. Three days later, the six-year-old boy and his parents disappeared and have never been seen again. A few months after the disappearance, the PRC government appointed its own Panchen …

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China blocks US Resolution on Human Rights at 60th UNHCHR

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) expresses its dismay over the rejection of a draft resolution on human rights situation in China at the 60th session of the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights (UNHCHR) in Geneva. A draft resolution (E/CN.4/2004/L.37) proposed by the United States of America was dismissed at the 60th UNHCHR when China called for “No-Action Motion”. The motion warranted voting by all the 53 member states of UN on the resolution. The voting on China’s No-Action Motion which took place at 18.00 hours on 15 April resulted in 28 votes in favour, …

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Five students from Tibet University detained, one expelled

In June 2003 there was news of five Tibetans arrested from the Tibet University in Lhasa. Dawa Tashi, one of the students arrested at the time reached Dharamsala and testified to TCHRD his personal accounts of the events that took place during the time. According to Dawa Tashi, on 9 June  2003, civil clothed Lhasa Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials  came to the university campus and ransacked the students living quarters and found a letter addressed to the United Nations and other political literary writings. Five students including himself were immediately arrested and subsequently detained in Tibet Autonomous Region (“TAR”) …

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