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25 April, 2015

Tibetans celebrate 26th birthday of Panchen Lama, call for his release

DHARAMSHALA, April 25: Tibetans and supporters today celebrated the 26th birthday of the 11th Panchen Lama Gedun Choekyi Nyima with appeals for his immediate release at a public event at the TCV day-school here.

“Kidnapped at the age of 6, Gedun Choekyi Nyima is considered the world’s youngest political prisoner. 17th May 2015 will mark 20 years since his enforced disappearance,” said Nyima Yangtso, Vice-President of Regional Tibetan Youth Congress. “Through this event, we call on the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances, Human Rights organizations and world governments to inquire about his wellbeing and to pressure the Chinese governments for his immediate release.”

The young Lama went missing after the exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama recognized him as the reincarnation of the tenth Panchen Lama on May 14, 1989.

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