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The United Nations Continuing ‘Search’ for Tibet’s Panchen Lama

By Ngawang Choephel Drakmargyapon* “If I die, I think two to three years, I think the Chinese may choose even one Dalai Lama. But Tibetans (will) not accept that. The Panchen Lama which they choose, some Chinese officials also they describe as ‘Fake Panchen Lama’.”                                               ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama, TIME Magazine, 7 March 2019 This report is an account of the largely unknown attempts made to ascertain the whereabouts, the well-being and the fate of …

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China: Allow independent international bodies to verify fate of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet

On the 23rdanniversary of the enforced disappearance of Tibetan spiritual leader Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) joins a chorus of voices from the international community demanding China to allow independent bodies to verify, without surveillance and government minders, the fate of the 11thPanchen Lama. Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was six years old when he and his parents became victims of enforced disappearance at the hands of Chinese authorities on 17 May 1995, three days after His Holiness the Dalai Lama had recognized him as the reincarnation of the previous 10thPanchen Lama. In blatant disregard …

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Tibetan monk released after 5 years of imprisonment

A Tibetan monk who is also a songwriter was released from prison last month after completing a five-year prison term and returned to his hometown in Tridu (Ch: Chenduo) County in Kyegudo (Ch: Yushu) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, in the Tibetan province of Kham. Lobsang Jinpa, 35, was sentenced on 23 February 2013 along with the famous Tibetan singer Lolo who received a six-year prison term at a closed-door trial in Siling (Ch: Xining) city. Lobsang Jinpa, a monk from at Nyatso Zilkar Monastery, was partly targeted for writing the lyrics of a song sung by Lolo called ‘Dear Panchen Lama’ about the …

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