On May 17th, 2023, the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) observed the 28th anniversary of the abduction of the 11th Panchen Lama, Tenzin Gedhun Yeshi Thinley (also known as Gendhun Choekyi Nyima), by the Communist Chinese regime. The TYC marked  this significant occasion by holding peace rally and a prayer session with participation of all the “Tibet Matters March” volunteers.

The purpose of the event was to raise awareness about the prolonged disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama and to demand the unconditional release of all political prisoners in Tibet.

By organizing this march and holding prayers and a peace rally, the TYC sought to highlight the ongoing human rights violations and political repression faced by Tibetans under the Chinese regime. The abduction of the 11th Panchen Lama symbolizes the larger issue of the suppression of Tibetan culture, religion, and freedom.

The demand for the unconditional release of all political prisoners in Tibet signifies the TYC’s commitment to advocating for the rights and freedoms of Tibetans, including those who have been unjustly detained or imprisoned for their political beliefs or activism.


On April 25th, 2023, the 34th birth anniversary of the 11th Panchen Lama, (Tenzin Gedhun Yeshi Thinley, popularly known as Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, was observed. However, it is important to note that since his disappearance in 1995, his whereabouts have remained unknown due to the policies enforced by the Chinese Communist regime.

To commemorate this significant day, a public praying ceremony was organized at the Dalai Lama Temple by National Democratic Party of Tibet, Students for Free Tibet and Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, Dharamshala. Representatives from various non-governmental Tibetan organizations participated in the ceremony, coming together to remember and honor the 11th Panchen Lama.

The day was not only observed locally but also recalled by regional chapters of the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) worldwide. These chapters organized prayer gatherings to mark the occasion and expressed their solidarity with the cause. They also utilized the opportunity to demand the Chinese government to release the 11th Panchen Lama.


The commemorative political events and prayer ceremonies held globally on the 34th birth anniversary of the 11th Panchen Lama served as a reminder of his disappearance and the ongoing concerns regarding his well-being. These gatherings also aimed to draw attention to the issue and put pressure on the Chinese government to provide information on his whereabouts or release him unconditionally.

The anniversary served as a solemn reminder of the unresolved situation surrounding the 11th Panchen Lama, highlighting the importance of continued advocacy for his freedom and the preservation of Tibetan cultural and religious heritage.




Reports from New Delhi on webinar “Panchen Lama’s Abduction by China and its Significance”

-Vijay Kranti

New Delhi

25 April 2021: Mr.Penpa Tsering, the ‘Sikyong’ elect of Tibetan government-in-exile, has announced that he and Tibetan people will keep working tirelessly with governments, organizations and individuals around the world for the release of the Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and all other political prisoners, held up in Tibet by China. Gedhun was arrested 26 years ago by China at the age of six in 1995 soon after the Dalai Lama had recognized him as the 11th incarnation of Panchen Lama. Since then China has refused to oblige various governments, human rights organizations and UN related bodies that have been demanding Beijing to give credible information about the where about and wellbeing of the boy. “We are not going to accept any interference of Chinese government in the religious matters of Tibetan people, especially in matters related to the reincarnation of present Dalai Lama,” he declared.

Mr. Penpa Tsering was delivering his maiden speech at a webinar on Sunday which was organized to mark the 32nd birthday of the Panchen Lama. Organizations like the Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have declared Gedhun as the ‘youngest prisoner of conscience’ and have been running a frustrating international campaign for his release since 1995. Mr. Penpa, due to be formally announced as the next ‘Sikyong’, received winning votes in the just concluded elections for the executive head and members of the Parliament of the Tibetan diaspora through a secret ballot election which was held across six continents where Tibetan Diaspora lives. The post of ‘Sikyong’, Tibetan equivalent of President and Prime Minister of Central Tibet Administration has become important since 2011 when the Dalai Lama handed over his powers as the political head of Tibet to the elected representative of Tibetan people and the Parliament.

The webinar, entitled “Panchen Lama’s Abduction by China and It’s Significance” was jointly organized by Centre for Himalayan Asia Studies and Engagement (CHASE), Research & Development Foundation for Integral Humanism (RDFIH), Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) and India chapter of Students for a Free Tibet (SFT). Other speakers included Mr. Bhuchung Tsering, President of International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) from Washington DC; Mr. Jaydev Ranade a prominent China expert and former Additional Secretary Cabinet Secretariat; Gompo Thondup, President TYC; Ms. Rinzin Choedon, National Director of SFT India and Ms. Dukthen Kyi, Head of Human Rights –European Union & United Nations Desk of CTA. Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Chairman RDFIH presided over the event and Mr. Vijay Kranti, a senior Tibetologist and Chairman CHASE moderated the discussion.

Mr. Penpa and all Tibetan speakers remembered the 10th Panchen Lama who had died under mysterious circumstances in January 1989 of, what Chinese government branded as ‘heart attack’, following his strong and public criticism of China’s human rights record in Tibet since China occupied it in 1951.

Going to the history of relations between the Dalai Lamas and Panchen Lamas since over past six centuries, Mr. Penpa said that they were like ‘Spiritual Father and Son’ to each other and the Tibetan people treated both of them as the sun and the moon in the sky. As per the Tibetan tradition Dalai Lama functions as the supreme spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet while Panchen Lama occupies second place in the religious hierarchy. Both of them functioned as the Guru or teacher to each other’s incarnation following death of one of them and both played important role in identifying the next incarnation of each other. –

Mr. Penpa said that while the Dalai Lama sought refuge in India in 1959, Panchen Lama decided to stay back. Underlining the patriotic Tibetan character of Panchen Lama he pointed out that “he was forced to undergo enormous inhuman torture, incarceration and humiliation for fifteen years for expressing his frank opinion about the sufferings of Tibetan people through his 70 thousand character long petition to the Chinese leaders. And even after his rehabilitation by Deng Xiao Ping and Hu Yaobang in 1980, the Panchen Lama remained committed to restoration of Tibetan culture and identity till the last day of his life in 1989. His brave acts proved that he was the most outspoken and courageous leader inside Tibet.”

Talking about the reasons behind arrest of the boy Panchen Lama and his parents, Mr. Penpa Tsering said one reason was that the Chinese did not like the idea that the Chinese appointed search-committee of Tibetan Lamas clandestinely took the step of acquiring exiled Dalai Lama’s recognition for the boy Panchen Lama. Secondly they were afraid that the Panchen Lama of Dalai Lama’s choice might be quietly taken to India and they would lose the political opportunity of using the Panchen Lama for recognizing the Dalai Lama’s next incarnation. Moreover they needed the physical presence of the Panchen Lama to add legitimacy to their choice of next Dalai Lama.

Mr. Penpa Tsering pointed out that first the Beijing government denied the abduction of Panchen ‘Rinpoche’ (a popular honorific for incarnate Lamas), but later accepted that he was under their custody. “Till this day they have denied every single request for access to the Panchen Lama by anyone including the United Nations Human Rights Commission. They have even refused to give any solid evidence about his physical safety or to prove that he is still alive. Even if he is alive, even then it is clear that he has been denied the real Buddhist education, thereby incapacitating him from fulfilling his religious responsibilities as Panchen Lama,” he said. –

“Recognition of a reincarnate Lama is purely a religious matter which is based on the philosophy of life after death. Therefore non-believers or any non-atheist person, especially the Chinese government, have no role to play in this process. Moreover Lamas undertake reincarnation on their own will to mitigate the sufferings of sentient beings and to continue the work of their previous life. They are not reborn to fulfil the whims of some political leaders,” asserted Mr. Penpa. “It is therefore not surprising that Tibetan people living inside Tibet have refused to accept Gyaltsen Norbu as the real Panchen Lama,” he added.

Introducing the subject Mr. Vijay Kranti, a renowned Tibetologist and Chairman CHASE, said that during first 40 years after occupation of Tibet between 1951 and 1991 the communist rulers of Tibet tried to destroy the religious and cultural identity of Tibet under the assumption that a Tibetan minus his or her faith in Buddhism and Dalai Lama will make a patriotic Chinese citizens. But when they discovered that even two generations after Dalai Lama had left Tibet, the Tibetan people’s faith in him, in Buddhism and their Tibetan identity remained as strong as ever. That is why they are now trying to occupy Tibet’s religious system from within. Forcibly installing fake Panchen Lama on Tibetan people or behaving desperate to occupy the institution of Dalai Lama through monopolizing the process of reincarnation only exposes the communist colonialist masters’ failure in winning hearts of the Tibetan people, he said.

Mr. Bhuchung Tsering called Beijing government’s step of appointing a handpicked five year old boy Gyaltsen Norbu as the 11th Panchen Lama as a farce and said that despite all efforts and influence of Chinese government, the people of Tibet have refused to accept Gyaltsen as the ‘Panchen Lama’. “In the eyes of the international community the forced disappearance of the boy Panchen Lama is an illegal act by all standards of international laws,” he said.

“The actions of a true Lama automatically establish his position and legitimacy in the hearts of people. The 10th Panchen Lama established his own position through his honest and brave stands during his life time. But Tibetan people’s refusal to accept the Chinese choice of Panchen Lama clearly shows that China cannot impose the legitimacy of its puppet Panchen Lama on any part of the hearts of Tibetan masses,” said Mr. Bhuchung who has played active role in promoting the case of Tibet among American law makers over past many years.

Mr. Jaidev Ranade, President Centre for China Analysis and Strategy (CCAS), who is known for his deep understanding of the Chinese political system and is a keen watcher of China’s role inside Tibet, said that abduction of a six year old child itself shows how much faith the Chinese rulers have in the people of Tibet or even in the legitimacy of their own claims about Panchen Lama. He said that the restrictions imposed on the free movement of their own appointed ‘Panchen Lama’ clearly shows that they are not confident about their own claims. “Beijing is desperately trying to establish Gyaltsen as a world Buddhist leader by organizing Buddhist conferences under its own World Buddhist Forum. It is also trying to occupy various Tibetan Buddhist lineages by appointing various ‘Tulkus’ (incarnate lamas or what Chinese call as ‘Living Buddhas’) in order to later appoint the next Dalai Lama of its own choice. But even Beijing’s own Tibet experts have been writing that it will be difficult for Chinese government to handle the situation raised by two rival Dalai Lama’s after the demise of present Dalai Lama,” said Mr. Ranade.

Mr. Ranade pointed towards Beijing’s recent campaigns to rewrite history of Tibet from Chinese colonial perspective and drew world’s attention towards imposing Mandarin in place of Tibetan language in Tibet Autonomous Region. “Chinese rulers are taking ridiculous steps like Sinicizing Tibetan Buddhism with socialist characteristics. They are even trying to teach the Tibetans that Buddhism came to Tibet from China, which Tibetans find laughable,” he pointed out.

Mr. Gonpo Dhundup, President TYC said, “First the Chinese killed the 10th Panchen Lama by poisoning him just because he dared to openly challenge and criticize China’s role in Tibet. Now they are trying to impose a puppet Panchen Lama and his ‘reincarnation’ on the people of Tibet. That is the reason why Tibetan people inside Tibet have refused to accept him.”

Referring to the havoc and destruction caused by what he termed as the ‘Chinese virus’ across the world, Mr. Gonpo called upon the world community to make China accountable for it and demand compensation for all the loss it has caused to countries, businesses and people across the globe. He said today’s Tibetan youths draw inspiration from brave leaders like the late 10th Panchen Lama, who showed the courage to challenge the mighty government of China, and will keep working towards regaining independence of Tibet from the Chinese colonial rule.

Expressing the resolve of Tibetan Youth Congress Mr. GonSpo announced that “Our movement for the independence of Tibet will continue till our goal is reached. Our campaign for the release of Panchen Lama and all political prisoners in Tibet is going to gain momentum in near future.”

Referring to Beijing government’s claims that it is denying outsiders’ access to Gedhun Choekyi Nyima for his own protection from the ‘splittist’ forces, Ms. Richen Choedon of SFT India said that such a lame argument sounds bizarre and a challenge to the wisdom of rest of world. She said that Tibetan people strongly condemn and oppose the so called law ‘Order-5’, issued by Chinese government in 2007 which claims that the Chinese Communist Party has exclusive right on identifying incarnations of Tibetan Tulkus, especially the Dalai Lama. “More the Chinese rulers make noise and claims on right to install the next Dalai Lama, more the people of Tibet lose their faith in them,” she said.

Praising American President’s statement about sending greetings to the 11th Panchen Lama on his 32nd birthday, Ms. Rinzin called upon the government of India take a strong and clear stand on the issue of reincarnation of Dalai Lama. She urged the youths of India to take lead in supporting Tibet because free Tibet is guarantee to India’s security from China.

Ms. Dukthan Kyi, who heads the Human Rights, UN and European Union desk at CTA in Dharamshala, spoke with special focus on attempts going on in various UN forums and other international platforms for the release of Panchen Lama over past 26 years. She said many leading international human rights organizations are shocked to note that whenever the issue of Panchen Lama’s disappearance is raised on any UN forum the Chinese officials use China’s special powers and privileges to kill the initiative. “A ridiculous situation arose in 1998 when Chinese government refused to give any cooperation to the UN Human Rights Commission on its visit to Tibet. In 2002 and 2007 also they deflected the attempts of the HR Commission by claiming that Gedhun was safe and that his parents did not want any outside interference in his life”, she informed the audience.

“And the worst experience was when Tibetan and many international child rights groups sought the UN intervention in boy Panchen Lama’s case under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Ambassador of China at the UN claimed that the child was under the protection of Chinese government so no access to outsiders can be given in order to protect him from abduction,” said Ms. Dukthen.

“But today when Gedhun is no more a child and he is a grown up man then why does he need protection of the Chinese government? Why China is afraid of even releasing his photos to the world community or why the representatives of UN or human rights groups are not allowed to have access to him?” she asked.

In his Presidential address Dr. Mahesh Chandra Sharma, Chairman RDFIH and a leading scholar of Integral Humanism, said that the issue of Tibet is not merely an issue of human rights. Looking at Tibetan issue from modern day’s geo-political perspective too amounts to reducing its seriousness. The issue of Tibet is actually a case of deliberate destruction of a geo-cultural and a national identity. A free nation with millenniums old identity and rich cultural heritage has been colonized and its Buddhist identity is being blatantly destroyed by a colonial power. This must be challenged.

“It looks funny that on the one hand the colonial masters of Tibet try to arrest or kill the Panchen Lama and Dalai Lama. But the same colonial masters are today desperately wanting to own both of them to establish their own legitimacy over Tibet?” asked Dr. Sharma.




-Vijay Kranti

New Delhi, Berlin, London, Dharamshala

26 April 2022: A group of international experts on Tibet and China had a common observation that Chinese government’s act of arresting the six year old Panchen Lama of Tibet and keeping information about him as a well-guarded state secret for past 27 years has exposed the failure of their policies and seven decade long colonial rule over Tibet. It is therefore not surprising that China’s failure in making Tibetan people to accept their fake Panchen Lama has emerged as the embodiment of failure of the Chinese Communist Party policies and its rule over Tibet.

Experts from Britain, Germany, India and Tibet participated in an international webinar last organized by Centre for Himalayan Asia Studies and Engagement (CHASE) and Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) to mark the 33rd birth anniversary of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, who was identified as the 11th reincarnation of Panchen Lama in Tibet in 1995. The six year old boy was soon arrested by the Chinese government because the search team of the Tibetan monks had taken approval of the exiled Dalai Lama for this child as the real incarnation. The Chinese rulers of Tibet enthroned another five year old boy Gianchin (Tib: Gyaltsen) Norbu as the ‘real’ incarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama. Since then, Beijing has refused to divulge any information about the safety or whereabouts of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima despite repeated requests from many world governments, the European Union and leading human rights groups from across the world.

In Tibetan system, the Dalai Lama is considered as the supreme ruler and spiritual head of Tibet. But Panchen Lama’s position is second to him in spiritual matters and both function as each other’s teacher following each other’s reincarnation. The 10th Panchen Lama, who was initially under control of China soon after the Dalai Lama escaped to India, later became highly critical of Chairman Mao and his Communist Party rule in Tibet for their atrocities over Tibetan people. Following his 14 yearlong incarcerations in Chinese jail and labour camps, he was rehabilitated. But soon after, he suddenly died under mysterious circumstances in 1989 after he publicly criticized China’s inhuman treatment of Tibetan people.

Kai Mueller, an international jurist and Executive Director of International Campaign for Tibet in Berlin, said that although China has been trying hard to establish legitimacy of its rule over Tibet by making high claims like ‘liberation’ and ‘development’ of Tibet, yet the Chinese leadership looks so miserable that they don’t have the courage to even share right information about a child who is living under their captivity for past 27 years.

Kai Mueller pointed out some paradoxes in the behaviour of Communist Chinese rulers of Tibet. One is that despite being atheist and holding deep contempt for religion, they are still over enthusiastic about delving deep into Tibet’s religious practices like searching out a reincarnation and enthroning religious leaders like the Panchen Lama. “In order to put this policy into practice, they have only exposed their helplessness and fear from a small child. But their attempts of imposing a fake ‘Panchen Lama’ over the Tibetan people and making all efforts to win endorsement of ordinary Tibetan people in favour of their puppet have failed miserably. It is therefore no surprise that China’s fake Panchen Lama has emerged as the embodiment of failure of the Chinese Communist Party and its rule in Tibet”, he said.

Geshe Lhakdor la, a Tibetan Buddhist scholar of international repute and Director of Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamshala, expressed deep concerns over Communist China’s attempts to establish itself as the leader of the Buddhist world by organizing a series of what it calls ‘World Buddhist Conference’ since 2006. “They spend huge money by inviting Buddhist leaders and scholars from across the world but they never invite His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Through such conferences, they have been desperately trying to establish Gianchin Norbu, their puppet Panchen Lama, as the most senior World Buddhist leader. But they have failed completely in this attempt,” he said.

The monk scholar warned the Chinese leaders against their acts of mistreating and killing monks and ordinary Tibetans. “If you treat ordinary people then it is a great sin. But if you even mistreat the Bodhisattvas like the Panchen Lama then the consequences will be too serious for China, Chinese leaders and the Communist Party of China. In Buddhism, it is called the Law of Causality. In simple language, it is the law of nature. No one will be able to save those individuals, who are involved in such sins,” he warned. Offering his prayers for the long life of the arrested Panchen Lama, Geshe Lhakdor la said, “No matter even if he is alive or not, he, like other Bodhisatvas, will keep working. And the impact will be very serious for China.”

Ms. Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren, member of the Steering Committee of International Tibet Network (ITN) in UK ridiculed the Chinese government for its claims that they had taken away the six year old Gedhun ‘for his personal safety’. “If they were genuinely interested in ensuring his safety then 27 years is a too long time for a powerful government like today’s China to keep him hidden from the eyes of the world.  Their failure to share information about the Panchen Lama only exposes the fears of the Chinese government,” she said.

Eleanor told the audience that her organization has been taking help of some leading artists and scientific techniques related to ‘age progression image creation’. Using this technique, ITN has been creating the probable current image of the Panchen Lama over past years and sharing them with government, parliaments, opinion makers and human rights action groups across the world. Hoping that the Panchen Lama is still alive and safe under Chinese captivity, she declared that ITN and other organizations involved in promoting awareness about Tibet will continue putting pressure on Chinese government to release the Panchen Lama.

Vijay Kranti, a veteran Tibetologist and Chairman of CHASE moderated the discussion by presenting a background to the subject.  He said that in earlier four decades of Tibet’s occupation, the Chinese rulers hoped that by destroying Tibetan culture and banning religious practices they would be able to convert ordinary Tibetans into patriotic Chinese. But after realizing that even three generations after Dalai Lama left Tibet, the Tibetan people’s faith in him and Buddhism remain a uniting and driving force against the Chinese rule. They are now trying to occupy the Tibetan Buddhism from within. Imposing a Panchen Lama of the CCP’s choice is an example of this frustration of Beijing leadership.

In his vote of thanks, Mr. Gonpo Dhundup, President of TYC reiterated the resolve of his organization and Tibetan people to keep working towards regaining freedom and independence of entire Tibet from the colonial rule of China.


On 25th April 2022, TYC President Mr. Gonpo Dhundup addressed the virtual conference organized by the Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch to commemorate the 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima’s 33rd Birthday. The virtual conference was also addressed by Shri Pankaj Goyal, Rashtriya Mahamantri, Sr. Arun Srivastava, Historian and Tibet expert, Swami Divyanand J, Rashtriya Upadhyaksh, BTSM.

TYC joins protest to mark the 27 years of enforced disappearance of 11th Panchen Lama.

On 17th May 2022, TYC President participated in a protest campaign to mark the 27 years of enforced disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima in front of the Chinese Consulate Office, New York.

TYC President with other protestors demanding to Free the Panchen Lama at New York.

Tibetans, the Buddhists and Tibet supporters around the world mark 17th May as the 27th anniversary of the Chinese government’s enforced disappearance of Tibet’s 11th Panchen Lama. Along with the Panchen Lama, his entire family as well as Chadrel Rinpoche, head of the search committee to find the reincarnated Panchen Lama, were also abducted and have disappeared. Since then, he has remained unheard of and unseen by the world.

May 17 – Panchen Lama Abduction Day

Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was just 6 years old when he was recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the 11th Panchen Lama, one of Tibet’s most important religious leaders. On may 17, 1995, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family were taken into custody by the Chinese authorities and he has not been seen since.

He remains missing. Tibetans, Tibet supporters, human rights organisations and world governments have consistently urged China to release Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, but these appeals continue to go unheeded.

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TYC Condemns China’s Fake Panchen Lama Kalachakra

July 20, 16

Dharamshala: The Communist regime of China has announced that the fake Panchen Lama will be conducting the Kalachakra Teachings in Tibet from July 21-24. This calculated move is another one of Beijing’s strategy to claim their right over everything Tibetan despite the glaring contradiction that a communist government is heavily involved in conducting the affairs of Tibetan religious traditions. Gyaincain Norbu is the boy installed by the Government of China to replace the original Panchen Lama (recognized by HH the Dalai Lama) just few months after the latter’s abduction in 1995. The Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama are the two highest Buddhist lamas in Tibet. There has been times when the Panchen Lama took lead role in the recognition of the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama and vice versa. The Dalai Lama has been giving the Kalachakra teachings in exile and these teachings are very popular and record high attendance is received. Reports in the media have stated that the government has ordered atleast two person from each family must attend the Kalachakra.

Recently it has been reported that Tibet’s largest Buddhist center Larung Gar Buddhist Academy in Serthar County, Kardze had been ordered by the Chinese government to cut down its strength to 5000 and reduce the number of monks and nuns in the monastery. Therefore, organizing a religious event like the Kalachakra is definitely viewed as a publicity stunt to try and win over the Tibetan people who have continued to resist and protest Chinas illegal rule in Tibet. TYC is outraged and denounces this propaganda by the communist Chinese government.

Tibetan Youth Congress has consistently campaigned for the whereabouts and release of the 11th Panchen Lama but till date the Chinese government has not provided any concrete evidence regarding this matter.

“This Kalachakra teaching is being given by the Panchen Lama who is denounced by Tibetans both inside and outside Tibet. This preposterous effort by the Beijing Government simply exposes their paranoia over losing control over the Tibetan people in Tibet. It is apparent from this move that China realizes that despite 67 years of occupation it has not been able to control the hearts and minds of the Tibetan people and will go at great lengths to attempt to gain that control,” said Tenzing Jigme, President of TYC.



Cycle Rally for Panchen Lama

May 9, 2016

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Contact: Tamdin Hrichoe (Tibetan) +91 8894135363

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Cycle Rally for Panchen Lama

Dharamshala: In 1995 His Holiness the Dalai Lama recognized a young boy, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, as the 11th Panchen Lama; the second most important spiritual leader in Tibet. Chinese authorities abducted Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family just weeks after; he was six-years old.

Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama, and his family have been missing since 1995. The last time we had any information about his whereabouts was in 2010 when Chinese-appointed Tibet Governor, Padma Choling, told reporters that Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family are now living a good life as ordinary citizens in Tibet. China seeks to legitimize its rule in Tibet by claiming it plays a crucial role in the identification of Tibet’s two most important spiritual leaders, the Dalai Lama and in this case the Panchen Lama.

After repeated attempts to gain access to the boy, no international agencies or human rights organizations (including the United Nations) have been allowed to visit Gedun Choekyi Nyima or his family, and their condition remains uncertain. In an attempt to establish their authority over all “internal affairs” of China (political or otherwise) the Chinese leadership nominated and selected their own 11th Panchen Lama in November 1995. Their selection of six-year-old boy named Gyaltsen Norbu, is another young victim in China’s plan to undermine and control the Tibetan people, their faith, religion, and their nation.

Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) is organizing a ‘Cycle Rally for Panchen Lama’ to raise awareness about his situation, the condition of Tibetans living under the hardline policies of the Chinese government and show our solidarity to our brothers and sisters inside Tibet. We seek accurate information about Gedhun Choekyi Nyima’s whereabouts and wellbeing and we urge the United Nations as well as governments of the world to pressure the Chinese government to show us concrete evidence that Panchen Lama is indeed alive and well.


  1. Urge China to give evidence that the 11th Panchen Lama Gendun Choekyi Nyima is alive
  2. Urge China to address the demands of the Self Immolations in Tibet
  3. Urge China to allow a fact finding international delegation to assess the situation inside Tibet
  4. Urge China to release all political prisoners

The cycle rally will begin from Dehradun on May 17, which is the day when Panchen Lama was arrested and end in Delhi on May 23, 2016. On May 23rd, 1951 the “17-Point Agreement” was signed between Tibet and China under Chinese pressure. “Ending the rally on May 23rd will highlight the facts about the 17 point agreement and our position which is we do not accept the agreement as it was signed under duress”, says TYC VP Tamdin Hrichoe. Tibetans from Dekyiling, Poanta Sahib, Puruwalla, Raipur, Rajpur, Herbertpur, Nainital, Mussorie, Delhi, Dharamshala and Bir Tibetan Settlements will be taking part in this cycle rally.

Tibetan Youth Congress is the largest Tibetan NGO in exile working for the Tibetan Freedom movement.

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