📍Free The Real Panchen Lama!
In May 1995, Chinese occupying forces abducted six year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima from his home in Tibet. He has not been seen or heard from since.
༜ SPIRITUAL LEADER ༜
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima is recognised by the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, one of the highest-ranking spiritual leaders in Tibet.
Since his disappearance, China has repeatedly ignored demands to confirm his safety and wellbeing.
༜ SUSPICIOUS DEATH ༜
The previous Panchen Lama (Lobsang Trinley Lhundrup Choekyi Gyaltsen) spoke out against Chinese rule many times and wrote a report chronicling Tibet's famines in the 1960s. As a result, he spent more than eight years in jail and died in suspicious circumstances in 1989.
༜ THE ABDUCTION ༜
Beijing ordered the abbot of Tashilhunpo Monastery, Chadrel Rinpoche, to head the search for the Panchen Lama's reincarnation. He duly sent a list of possible candidates to Dharamsala, India, where the Dalai Lama is in exile, and on 15 May 1995, the Dalai Lama announced that Gedhun had been recognised as the 11th Panchen Lama.
However, the Chinese government rejected the Dalai Lama's candidate as "illegal and invalid" and on 17 May 1995, the authorities abducted the child and his family.
༜ TRUMPED-UP CHARGES ༜
Chadrel Rinpoche and his assistant Jampa Chung were then arrested and served six-year and four-year sentences respectively for "selling state secrets" and "colluding with separatist forces abroad". - CHINA'S CHOICE -
Six months after Gedhun's abduction, China announced that it had selected a Tibetan boy called Gyaltsen Norbu to become the Panchen Lama.
Conditions. I hope to be the type of person who is unconditional.
Final days in Tibet. The first place I ventured on this trip that I would like to visit again... Time to go to the Great Wall of China 🇨🇳