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Peace Is - The Panchen Lama, The World's Youngest Political Prisoner

Updated on December 13, 2011

Panchen Lama

World's Youngest Political Prisoner
World's Youngest Political Prisoner | Source

In Tibetan Buddhism, the Panchen Lama is the highest ranking Lama after the Dalai Lama.

May 17, 1995 Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family were abducted by the Chinese government. To date the Chinese government still refuse to provide proof that he and his family are still alive. On May 28, 1996 China admitted that Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family were being held, but refuse to allow the U.N. to send a representative to establish their situation and safety.

On May 15, 1995, H.H. The Dalai Lama recognized Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as the 11th Panchen Lama. The existence of Tibetan culture and heritage relies heavily on the Panchen Lama to continue. When the current Dalai Lama dies, the Panchen Lama is the one to locate his reincarnation. China has made sure that they have complete control over who becomes the next Dalai Lama by choosing their own Panchen Lama, and forcing the Tibetan people to accept their decision. When the Dalai Lama dies, China will choose his successor through their Panchen Lama, Gyaltsen Norbu. If China abducted the current Pope and told the world he was an impostor, and then told the world they have the real Pope who will take over, would the world accept the new Pope?

The Tibetan people want complete independence -H. H. The Dalai Lama.

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China's  Panchen Lama, Gyaincain Norbu
China's Panchen Lama, Gyaincain Norbu

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Gyaincain Norbu is the child that China replaced the missing Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, who was chosen as the Panchen Lama by by the Dalai Lama. The Chinese government claims it has the authority to choose the Dalai Lama's reincarnation and not H.H. The Dalai Lama. Gyaincain Norbu, according to China, is the official Panchen Lama. He has been brought up in Beijing and has spend little time in Tibet. China is forcing their Panchen Lama on the Tibetan people and demand they embrace him or face consequences.

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Gedhun Choekyi Nyima
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima

Where Is Gedhun Choekyi Nyima?

No one knows his whereabouts. There is no confirmation he is alive, nor any of hi family members. There is fear that he ans his family if alive, have been subject to China's patriotic re-education program, also known as brain washing.

When China is asked "Where is Gedhun Choekyi Nyima?"

China replies, when and if it suits them:

"He has been put under the protection of the government at the request of his parents,"


"The boy was at risk of being kidnapped by Tibetan separatists and his security had been threatened,"


"He is in good condition and was living with his parents,"

More recently, In March 2010, the Chinese Government has said:

"Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family are now living a good life as ordinary citizens in Tibet."


Tibets Panchen Lama is at risk of being kidnapped by Tibetan separatists and his security had been threatened, so he and his family are living a good life in Tibet as ordinary citizens and the Tibetan people are not aware?

Dalai Lama

"To be interested in religion you have to be involved in politics."

~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Tenzin Gyatzo
Tenzin Gyatzo | Source

Dalai Lama's 10 March, 2011 statement

As early as the 1960s, I have repeatedly stressed that Tibetans need a leader, elected freely by the Tibetan people, to whom I can devolve power. Now, we have clearly reached the time to put this into effect. During the forthcoming eleventh session of the fourteenth Tibetan Parliament in Exile, which begins on 14th March, I will formally propose that the necessary amendments be made to the Charter for Tibetans in Exile, reflecting my decision to devolve my formal authority to the elected leader.

Since I made my intention clear I have received repeated and earnest requests both from within Tibet and outside, to continue to provide political leadership. My desire to devolve authority has nothing to do with a wish to shirk responsibility. It is to benefit Tibetans in the long run. It is not because I feel disheartened. Tibetans have placed such faith and trust in me that as one among them I am committed to playing my part in the just cause of Tibet. I trust that gradually people will come to understand my intention, will support my decision and accordingly let it take effect.

I believe the Dalai Lama is being proactive by changing the current governance of the Tibetan people which will help put a stop to China's plan to dominate and control the Tibetan through the positioning of a loyal Dalai Lama. Encouraging a secular, democratic government that can represent the best interest of the Tibetan people, dramatically limits the powers of the incoming Dalai Lama who will be choose by China's Panchen Lama. H.H. The Dalai Lama is restoring their independence and ability to form a government that can meet their political needs by separating the role of the Dalai Lama in politics, not unlike the separation of church and state. In the likelihood that the next Dalai Lama will be controlled by the Chinese government, reducing his role as leader of the Tibetan people protects them from being coerced and manipulated based on tradition. These are very challenging and difficult changes that he is proposing which he will be meet with much resistance, but I believe he has made the best decisions for the people of Tibet.

Dalai Lama aside, if the Tibetan people want their Independence from China and evoke their right to self governance then China and the rest of the world should honour and facilitate the change. If China will not release Tibet from their grip, then the world should step up and support Tibet in their quest for freedom and independence.

Universal Responsibility

I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for oneself, one's own family or nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace.

~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

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In March 1959, the Dalai Lama and more than 80,000 Tibetans were forced to escape to India in exile because of the Chinese occupation. The Dalai Lama and Tibet Government-In-Exile currently live in India. As a result of China's invasion of Tibet in 1949, it continues to suffer human rights violation under Chinese rule. More than one million Tibetans have died as a result of the occupation, and 1/6 of their population destroyed, leaving Tibetan people a minority in their own country, the Peoples Republic of China recognizes Tibet as a racial minority.

International Law considers genocide to be any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group:

China's state-sponsored population control polices throughout Tibet are implemented in order to control the reproductive rights of Tibetan women which reduces the size of the Tibetan population in Tibet, the primary goal of the Chinese government. Tibet does not have a population problem its one of the the world's more sparsely populated countries. The UN, various NGO's, and the United States acknowledge that this is the case, but little is done to put a stop to this this blatant act of genocide.

A. Population Transfer

Since 1950, there has been a huge state-supported influx of Chinese people into Tibet. This is a cold-blooded way in which "to supplant the Tibetan identity with that of another people".120 This population transfer is a violation of human rights laws that the PRC has itself ratified. The Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits an occupying power to "deport or transfer part of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies".121 Neverthless since 1995, the Chinese government has blatantly and continuously violated this rule.

Article 49 of Fourth Geneva Convention (adopted in 1949 and now part of customary international law) prohibits mass movement of people out of or into of occupied territory under belligerent military occupation:Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive. ... The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.

What Is Genocide?

The Genocide Convention was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1948. The Convention entered into force on 12 January 1951. More than 130 nations have ratified the Genocide Convention and over 70 nations have made provisions for the punishment of genocide in domestic criminal law. The text of Article II of the Genocide Convention was included as a crime in Article 6 of the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

(a) Killing members of the group;

(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Tibetans are now a minority in their own country because of China's ethnic cleansing as a result of the deliberate planned and strategic influx of Chinese immigrants into Tibet, once again Tibetan people are a minority in their own country as a result of China's occupation.

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"Today, the Chinese authorities are conducting various political campaigns, including a campaign of patriotic re-education, in many monasteries in Tibet. They are putting the monks and nuns in prison-like conditions, depriving them the opportunity to study and practice in peace. These conditions make the monasteries function more like museums and are intended to deliberately annihilate Buddhism."

~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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    earthybirthymama 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi gmwilliams, I agree more has to be done. I doubt the US will do anything, little was done with Tiananmen Square, and current ongoing human rights violations continue with nothing more than a finger wagging from the west. I think talking openly about these important issues is a start.

    July this year when Obama met with the Dalai lama, China spoke out strongly about the meeting stating it "hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and harmed Sino-U.S. relations." Obama told the Dalai Lama, the U.S. policy is that "Tibet is a part of the People's Republic of China and the United States does not support independence for Tibet,"

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 6 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    Something must be done to remedy this egregious situation. This child and his family should be released. I feel that Obama should initiate a plan with the UN to speak to China about this. China has violated the rights of Tibetans for decades- this must stop!

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    earthybirthymama 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I agree the information needs to be readily available, knowledge is the foundation of action. This topic needs debate and discussion because it goes far beyond what's happening in Tibet. It bothers me when China threatens our Prime Minster of dire economical consequences from China if he meets with the Dalai Lama.

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    blackconception 6 years ago from Florida, US

    This information needs to be put out more often. Before I die, it is on my list to get to Tibet and meet some of the wonderful people there. It is a shame what is happening to their independence and freedom.