Tibetans Mark a Decade of Panchen Lama’s Disappearance
|Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, at age six. This is the only available photo of the Panchen Lama – taken shortly before his disappearance|
Dharamshala 18 May 2005: The Tibetans and Tibet supporters worldwide held various campaigns to mark the tenth anniversary of the mysterious disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama Gendun Choekyi Nyima.
The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy held an essay competition on Panchen Lama for school children at the Tsuglakhang temple yesterday. The Tibetan Youth Congress and the Gu Chu Sum movement carried out a day’s hunger strike and the Tibetan Women’s Association carried out candle light vigil last evening. More than a thousand people marched peacefully holding candles and saying prayers for the Panchen Lama.
International Tibet Support Network carried out ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œGlobal Vigil for Tibet’s Panchen Lama’ at 64 locations in 21 countries around the world yesterday. Numerous other events were held in the Tibetan communities all over India and abroad to mark the day. Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was recognised at age of six by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as one of Tibet’s most important religious leaders. In the year 1995, just days after he was recognised by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the young incarnate lama disappeared along with his family.
Despite repeated appeals to gain access to him, no international agency or human rights organisation has been granted contact with the young Panchen Lama or his family, said the ITSN on its website. “To date, their well-being and whereabouts remain unconfirmed.”