TOKYO: As His Eminence, the 11th Panchen Lama Gedun Choekyi Nyima turns 31 years old on April 25, the Liaison office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Japan & East Asia has begun a month-long campaign for the release of the 11th Panchen Lama, whose whereabouts still remain unknown since he was abducted by the Chinese government on May 17, 1995.
The campaign lobby is headed by the Department of Information & International Relations of the Central Tibetan Administration.
The Liaison Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Tokyo has translated the campaign documents and published thousands of pamphlets in Japanese languages on the detailed information on the enforced disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama, which includes 25 Facts about the 11th Panchen Lama on 25th Year of His Disappearance and an appeal letter to the world governments and human rights organizations for the release of the 11th Panchen Lama.
The campaign materials will be also made available to the Japanese public on the website and social media like Facebook and Twitter.
The Liaison office has sent the appeal letters along the lobby kits to 93 Japanese Parliament members of the All Party Japanese Parliamentary Support Group for Tibet, members of the Tibet support groups, Tibetan religion and culture centres, Tibetans living in Japan, schools and universities in Japan.
In the appeal letter to the Japanese government and members of the Japanese Parliament, Mr. Lungtok, the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, urges them to raise and reiterate the call upon the Chinese government to free Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his parents, and confirm the fate of Chadrel Rinpoche.
Gedun Choekyi Nyima was recognised on 14 May 1995 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama during a ceremony in Dharamsala, India. Just three days later, on 17 May, the Chinese government abducted Gedun Choekyi Nyima and his parents who continue to be subjected to incommunicado detention and enforced disappearance to this day as China totally disregards its obligations to international human rights standards, as well as its own laws and regulations.
–Filed by the Office of Tibet, Japan