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Representatives Jim McGovern and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Draw Attention to Tibet in U.S. House of Representatives

May 2, 2017

Representatives Jim McGovern (Democrat from Massachusetts) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Republican from Florida) spoke today in the House of Representatives to draw attention to the situation inside Tibet. Participating in the General Speeches period as the House began its session, they displayed a large portrait of the Dalai Lama, spoke about their support for the aspirations of the Tibetan people, the respect they have for the Dalai Lama, and about their work in the United States proactively promoting initiatives on Tibet.

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U.S. Religious Freedom Commissioner’s open letter to the Panchen Lama on his 28th birthday

April 25, 2017

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Commissioner Tenzin Dorjee has written an open letter to the Panchen Lama, to coincide with his April 25 birthday, in which he says, “my resolve to find you and restore you to your rightful role becomes stronger.”

The Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was recognized by the Dalai Lama in 1995, and soon thereafter he was taken away from his home by the Chinese authorities and has not been seen since. In his place, China selected another boy.

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Gyaltsen Norbu

Kalachakra with Chinese Characteristics: Chinese appointed Panchen Lama gives teaching as authorities suppress religious freedom

July 29, 2016

The Chinese appointed Panchen Lama, installed by the Chinese government as part of its long-term strategy to control Tibetan Buddhism and eliminate loyalty to the Dalai Lama, has carried out a major religious teaching in Shigatse – the first time a Kalachakra initiation has been held in the Tibet Autonomous Region for more than half a century.

The ceremony highlights the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to raise the profile of a religious figure they appointed with political objectives, in a climate of intensifying religious oppression and a harsh campaign against the Dalai Lama, which involves preventing Tibetans from traveling into exile to attend his teachings. A major Kalachakra ceremony conferred by the Dalai Lama in exile in Ladakh in 2014 was described by the Chinese state media as “inciting hatred, terror and extremist action”, and many Tibetans returning to Tibet from a Kalachakra taught by the Dalai Lama in India in 2012 were imprisoned and ‘re-educated’ at length.

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China attempts to legitimize its Panchen Lama through a major speech as the real Panchen Lama’s birthday approaches

April 21, 2015

  • On April 25, Gendun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama, will turn 26. His Holiness the Dalai Lama recognized Gendun Choekyi Nyima, from Lhari, Nagchu (Chinese: Naqu) in Tibet, as the 11th Panchen Lama on May 14, 1995. A few days later, Chinese authorities abducted him and despite numerous enquiries for access from the international community, have not revealed information about his whereabouts or welfare. His plight remains of deep concern to the Tibetan people.
  • Chinese authorities then installed, in November 1995, Gyaltsen (Chinese: Gyalcain) Norbu, 25, as Panchen Lama, violating Tibetan religious traditions and practices concerning the reincarnations of lamas. Tibetans feel he has been selected by the Chinese authorities to ensure control of Tibet and assert their authority over a future incarnation of the Dalai Lama.
  • On March 4, 2015 Gyaltsen Norbu delivered a speech in Beijing at a meeting of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in which he addressed a variety of issues related to religious policies in Tibet, and stated that Tibetans “enjoy religious freedom.”
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New Chinese exhibition in Lhasa attempts to rewrite history on Dalai Lama

August 12, 2014

In a new spin on the Chinese authorities’ attempts to rewrite history, the state media has given prominent coverage to an exhibition this week in Lhasa of gifts offered by Dalai Lamas and Panchen Lamas to the Chinese government. The exhibition, in Lhasa’s Tibet Museum, aims to position the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama as a part of history instead of as key contemporary figures in Tibetan religion and culture, displaying their gifts as ‘cultural relics’.

The exhibition, geared towards a Chinese audience, opened in Lhasa on Monday (August 11), a time when the city is packed with mainly Chinese tourists. It featured an image of Mao standing in a Tibetan landscape among houses that display red flags, in a disturbing attempt likely to be distressing to Tibetans to assert the Chinese authorities’ ‘ownership’ of Tibet and the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama lineages.

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Cultural Genocide and the 11th Panchen Lama

April 25, 2013, is the 24th birthday of the 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, taken into Chinese custody on May 17, 1995 at age six. He has not been seen in public since. (Video, “Tibet’s Stolen Child“) On this date last year, the International Campaign for Tibet released its report, “60 Years of Chinese […]

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Mayum Sonam Dolma, the mother of the late Tenth Panchen Choekyi Gyaltsen Rinpoche

Mother of 10th Panchen Lama passes away

The International Campaign for Tibet is deeply saddened to share with you the news of the demise of Mayum Sonam Dolma, the mother of the late Tenth Panchen Choekyi Gyaltsen Rinpoche. Mayum Sonam Dolma passed away in city of Siling (Ch: Xining) today, at the age of 97 at around 9:30 am local time. The […]

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China to UN expert group: Panchen Lama receiving “excellent education”

Group Raises cases of disappearances of Tibetan monk Jigme Guri and monks from Kirti monastery GENEVA, February 9, 2012 – According to a report of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance (WGEID) submitted to the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the government of the People’s Republic of China continues […]

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Chinese government imposes visit of its Panchen Lama on Tibetans: troops surround Labrang Tashikhyil monastery

Security stepped up in Labrang and foreigners told to leave due to visit of Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama Gyaltsen Norbu in next few days Tibetans say they will not welcome him as they are loyal to Gendun Choekyi Nyima, recognised by the Dalai Lama as the Panchen Lama, and disappeared for last 16 years No historical […]

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ICT calls upon China to reveal the whereabouts of the Panchen Lama

April 25 is the 22nd Birthday of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet, who has not been seen since his disappearance in May, 1995. The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) joins governments and concerned individuals across the world today in urging the Chinese authorities to declare the whereabouts and welfare of this […]

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US and China to resume human rights dialogue; follows Panchen Lama’s 21st birthday

The U.S. State Department has announced that the next round of the U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue will be held on May 13-14, in Washington, DC. It is the first such meeting under the Obama Administration; the last human rights dialogue was in May 2008, and before that in 2002. “The Obama Administration has made clear […]

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Panchen Lama marks coming of age in Chinese custody: China’s strategies of religious control in Tibet revealed in new report

The boy recognised by the Dalai Lama as the Panchen Lama, one of Tibet’s most important religious leaders, marks his 18th birthday and coming of age Wednesday (April 25) after more than a decade in Chinese custody. The Panchen Lama’s plight has come to symbolize the crisis facing the survival of Tibet’s religious culture. A […]

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The Communist Party as Living Buddha

The Communist Party as Living Buddha

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT » The boy recognized by the Dalai Lama as the Panchen Lama, one of Tibet’s most important religious leaders, marked his 18th birthday and coming of age April 25, 2007, after more than a decade in Chinese custody. The Panchen Lama’s plight has come to symbolize the crisis facing the survival of […]

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Petition on the Panchen Lama from students in The Netherlands

Petition submitted to Dutch Parliament to commemorate the 18th birthday of the 11th Panchen Lama in The Hague, The Netherlands

ICT Europe marked the 18th birthday of Gedun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama with a manifestation in The Hague and by presenting a petition to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Dutch Parliament in The Hague which was signed by 17 Tibet, Buddhist and Human Rights organizations in The Netherlands. The petition called upon […]

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US Congress briefing on Tibet on Panchen Lama’s 18th birthday

The Congressional Human Rights Caucus, headed by Representative Tom Lantos and Representative Frank Wolf, is holding a briefing “On the Panchen Lama’s 18th Birthday: A Look at Religion in Tibet Today” on April 25, 2007. April 25 is the birthday of the Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, who has been under detention since 1995. Lodi […]

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Free Panchen Lama bike ride begins

A Free The Panchen Lama Now Bike ride from Washington, D.C. to New York began in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C on April 20, 2007. Organized by the Minnesota chapter of the Tibetan Youth Congress, around 16 riders are taking part in this ride that is expected to conclude at the Chinese […]

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Annan must raise Panchen Lama during China visit

Amsterdam: The International Campaign for Tibet has called upon UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to raise the case of the missing 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, during his visit to China this week (19-23 May). Annan’s visit begins on 19 May, just two days after the 11th anniversary of the Panchen Lama’s disappearance on […]

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Vigil for the Panchen Lama in Washington, DC

Tibetans and Tibet supporters in the Washington, D.C. area held a candlelight prayer vigil in front of the Chinese Embassy here on April 26, 2006 evening to mark the 17th birthday of the Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima. The vigil began with the recitation of the special prayer for the wellbeing of the Panchen Lama […]

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