China should reveal the whereabouts of the Panchen Lama of Tibet, who disappeared in Chinese custody as a boy 26 years ago, and let him meet face to face with outside observers, the ministry. US diplomacy said in what the Tibetans hailed from showing strong support for the assassinated. traditional.
The Tibetan Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, was recognized on May 14, 1995 at the age of 6 as the 11th Panchen Lama, the incarnation of his predecessor, the 10th Panchen Lama, people died in 1989.
The recognition of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, angered the Chinese authorities, who three days later arrested the boy and his family and then gave a Another boy, Gyaincain Norbu, was their own candidate to replace him.
State Department spokesperson Ned Price told a news conference that at his 32 years oldnd Birthday on Sunday, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima will “be forced to take another year to disappear, separate from his community, and be denied his rightful position as a Buddhist leader. Tibet stands out.
The spokesman said: “We urge the Government of the PRC to immediately publicize the residence of the Panchen Lama revered by Tibetans and give us this opportunity to meet in person with the Panchen Lama, “The spokesperson emphasized US support for the religious freedom and cultural identity of the Tibetans.
“We respect the Tibetan people’s right to choose, educate and respect their own leaders, such as the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama, according to their own beliefs and without interference. government cards, ”added Price.
US officials have made similar appeals to Beijing in the past, but Lobsang Sangay, Sikyong, or leader, the Central Administration of Tibet said this year remarked as “one of the the most powerful comment so far ”.
“I would especially like to thank the State Department for urging China to open up the Panchen Lama’s whereabouts to the public and to give the US government the opportunity to meet the Panchen Lama,” he told the Tibetan Agency. by RFA.
‘Absurd and cruel’
The US International Religious Freedom Commission (USCIRF) reiterated its call for the Chinese government to release Gedhun Choekyi Nyima.
“It has been nearly 26 years since the Chinese Communist Party forced the disappearance of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, who was 6 years old at the time of his kidnapping. When Gedhun turned 32 on April 25 this year, his whereabouts and health were still unknown. This lack of information is unacceptable, ”noted USCIRF Commissioner Nadine Maenza.
“USCIRF renews the Chinese government’s call to allow an independent expert to visit and confirm the health status of the 11th Panchen Lama and release him immediately and unconditionally,” she said. added.
“It is disgusting that the Chinese Communist Party continues to intervene in the rebirth of the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama,” added USCIRF Commissioner Nury Turkel.
“The combination of the CCP’s absurdity and cruelty in the persecution of the Tibetan community will alarm the international community, the community should unite to call for the release of the Panchen Lama.”
Bhuchung Tsering, interim president of the International Campaign for Tibet, told RFA that “a strong statement from the US government will be helpful in attracting more attention worldwide”.
The Tibet Policy and Support Act of 2020, passed by the US Congress in December and signed into law by then President Donald Trump, establishes US policy that the selection of religious leaders Tibetan religion, including future successors to the exiled spiritual leader Dalai Lama, is a decision made only by the Tibetans, not interfered by the Chinese government.
Age concerns for the Dalai Lama, now 85, have increased uncertainties in recent years over his possible successor after his death, with Beijing claiming to have the right to name the successor and the Dalai Lama himself says that any future Dalai Lama will be born. outside China.
The Tibetans are still bitter about the Chinese intervention in the current 11-person selectionorder The Panchen Lama, whose predecessor passed away in 1989, and the Panchen Lama installed by Beijing, remained unpopular with Tibetans both in exile and at home.
Formerly an independent country, Tibet was invaded and annexed by force 70 years ago, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his thousands of followers later lived in exile. India and the rest of the world after the failed 1959 uprising against Chinese domination.
The Chinese authorities maintain tight control over the region, restrict the political activities of the Tibetans and the peaceful manifestation of cultural and religious identity, while at the same time inducing the people of the West. Organ persecuted, tortured, jailed and murdered people outside the judiciary.
Reported and translated by Kalden Lodoe for RFA’s Tibetan Service. Written in English by Paul Eckert.