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Undercover in Larung Gar: A year after demolition, world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist institute sliced like a melon

Larung Gar, the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist institute, resembles a sliced melon, a year after Chinese authorities dismantled thousands of monastic residences and evicted Buddhist practitioners in Larung valley in Tibet’s Serthar (Ch: Seda) County in Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. The famed institute which used to house thousands of Buddhist practitioners has been divided into several segments with new roads and staircases taking up the spaces where once stood the homes of monks and nuns. Fresh information received from several undercover local sources by Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) in late July exposes …

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Special report on the 22nd Anniversary of the disappearance of Panchen Gedun Choekyi Nyima

Today marks the 22nd anniversary of arbitrary detention of the 11th Panchen Lama, Gedun Choekyi Nyima by the Chinese government. One of Tibet’s most important spiritual leaders, the Panchen Lama has not been seen or heard from since then. On 17 May 1995, the six-year old Gedun Choekyi Nyima and his parents were arbitrarily detained by Chinese government officials. For many years, Gedun Choekyi Nyima was the world’s youngest political prisoner, and now the longest serving political prisoner assuming that he is still alive in Chinese custody. The arbitrary detention and subsequent disappearance of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima is the violation …

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China silent on enforced disappearance of Tibet’s Panchen Lama as TCHRD observes 22 years of Panchen Lama’s captivity with a new report on Tibet’s prisoners of conscience

Today is the 28th birthday of Tibet’s 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, who went missing 22 years ago along with his parents after they were detained by Chinese officials in Tibet. The Panchen Lama’s case has become one of the world’s longest enforced disappearances, the answer to which is considered a top state secret by the Chinese government. The last information on Panchen Lama’s condition became available on 6 September 2015 when Norbu Dhondup, an official from the United Front Work Department of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) responded to questions from the media that Panchen Lama was was living …

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