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Ten years since Panchen Lama abducted

On Tuesday, May 17, 2005, ten years exactly will have passed since the Chinese communists abducted a young boy, the eleventh Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima. It happened mere three days after he was recognized in accordance with tradition as the incarnate of the tenth Panchen Lama. The boy of six years of age at that time was probably the youngest political prisoner in the world. On May 17 people around the world will commemorate his fate through the Global Vigil for the Panchen Lama. Olympic Watch is calling on its supporters to join the Vigil.

Panchen Lama is the second most important figure in Tibetan Buddhism after the Dalai Lama. For this reason, the Panchen Lama selected according to Tibetan tradition, has been held together with his parents in an undisclosed location by the Chinese communists. They have selected their own “Panchen Lama”, a son of two party officials. The fate of the real Panchen Lama and his family remains uncertain – not even the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, was allowed to visit him.

More information about the Panchen Lama here and here.

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