The Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima turns 22 today. He was kidnapped by the Chinese government when he was only six years old. In civilised society, should child kidnappings be tolerated like this? Why are they allowed to get away with it, can someone explain this to me please?
The video below explains clearly what I'm talking about to those who don't know the story...the guy is a bit strange but please be patient.
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the XIth Panchen Rinpoche of Tibet turns 22today. Born on 25 April 1989, he disappeared three days after theDalai Lama announced him as reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama on15th May 1995.
Since his abduction at the young age of six by theChinese authorities, his whereabouts is unknown till date. He and hisparents continue to remain under enforced disappearance by the state.No reliable information is available whether they are even alive ornot.
On 8 April 2011 the UN Working Group on Enforced or InvoluntaryDisappearances in their statement regarding the recent wave ofenforced disappearances in China stated “A case going back 16 years isthat concerning Gedhun Choekyi Nyima known as the 11th Panchen Lama.
He disappeared in 1995 when he was six years old. While the Chineseauthorities have admitted taking him, they have continually refused todivulge any information about him or his whereabouts, making his casean enforced disappearance.
A number of human rights mechanismsincluding the UN Committee Against Torture, the UN Committee on theRights of the Child, as well as Special Rapporteur on Freedom ofReligion or Belief, have all called for his whereabouts to berevealed, to no avail.”
In the past sixteen years numerous governments and independentorganizations have pressed the authorities in Beijing to releaseGedhun Choekyi Nyima on grounds of Convention on Rights of the Childto which the Chinese government responded that “the minor and hisfamily have requested privacy.” Panchen Rinpoche is now an adult andhe should be allowed to make his own decisions in a free atmosphere.
The TCHRD wishes to thank all the individuals and organizations whohave extended their invaluable support and concern on the abduction ofPanchen Rinpoche. The Centre wishes to reiterate its appeal forcontinued support from the international community to secure hisrelease. The Centre urges the government of People’s Republic of Chinato allow Panchen Rinpoche to meet his faithful Tibetan people in orderto continue the centuries old spiritual heritage of Tibet and theTibetan people.