Tibet: Panchen Lama still sequestered by China

From Energy Publisher

The Panchen Lama turned 20 years old and has now been a hostage of the Chinese government for 14 years. Tibetan celebrate his birthday and pray for his safety.

He turns 20 years old today, but for 14 years there has been no news about what has happened to him. He became the youngest political prisoner in history when, in 1995, Chinese authorities kidnapped him because “the Dalai Lama had recognized him as the 11th reincarnation of the Panchen Lama,” the second most important position in Tibetan Buddhism. Mystery still surrounds Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, born on April 25, 1989, in Lhari, near Lhasa, and a hostage in the hands of Beijing since he was six years old.

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Dalai Lama rival steps into spotlight

From BBC News

China has pushed a young bespectacled monk into the spotlight in an effort to show that it governs Tibet with a benign hand.

Officials have launched a vigorous propaganda battle over recent weeks, to demonstrate that Tibetans are thriving under Beijing’s direction.

And the man China selected as its Panchen Lama, the second most important figure in Tibetan Buddhism, has been at the forefront of that campaign.

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No freedom in Tibet without Communist Party: Panchen Lama

From AFP

China’s controversial choice as the second highest Tibetan spiritual figure said yesterday that Tibetans would never enjoy human dignity and freedom without the Chinese Communist Party.

The Panchen Lama, Gyaincain Norbu, yesterday visited an exhibition trumpeting the economic and democratic progress brought by communist rule in the 50 years since the end of feudalism in Tibet, state television reported.

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