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Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet: still disappeared

The year 2005 has been declared as the International Year of Gedhun Choekyi  Nyima the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet. He turns 16 on 25  April 2005. It is his tenth year in Chinese custody at an undisclosed  location after he and his parents disappeared in 17 May 1995. On 14 May 1995, His Holiness the Dalai Lama recognised the then six-years  old 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, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his parents disappeared and have …

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China’s White Paper on Human Rights: Progress or Regress?

On 13 April 2005, State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has released a White Paper entitled China’s Progress in Human Rights in 2004. The White Paper highlights China’s human rights improvement in six main areas: People’s rights to Subsistence and Development, Civil and Political Rights, Judicial Guarantee for Human Rights, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Equal Rights and Special Protection for Ethnic Minorities and the rights and interests of the disabled. However, the findings and research of the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) on China’s human rights record in Tibet stand in …

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