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Concern over Panchen Lama’s detention

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Dharamsala, April 25 – The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, while celebrating the 15th birthday of 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Cheokyi Nyima here today, expressed its concern about his continued detention for last eight years by the Chinese authorities.

The centre in a statement issued here said, was appalling that neither the United Nations nor any world government had been able to achieve anything concrete in the matter. The centre said Niyma was probably the youngest political prisoner in the world and urged the international community to take steps to ensure his release.

Meanwhile, local Tibetan organisations today celebrated the 15th birthday of Gedhun Cheokyi Nyima who had been declared as the 11th Panchen Lama by the Dalai Lama. Special prayer meetings were held for the long life and good health of the Lama whose whereabouts are not known.

Young Tibetan children in the age group of 10-14 today participated in a discussion on child’s rights organised at McLeodganj today.

Representatives of the Tibetan Women Association, the Tibetan Youth Congress and the National Democratic Party of Tibet have appealed to the international community and to the Chinese authorities to ensure the safety of 11th Panchen Lama. They also demanded that human right activists should be allowed to meet the Lama and his family.

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