Friday, April 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Panchen Lama, wherever you are

April 25 is the 19th birth anniversary of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the six-year-old boy who disappeared in 1995 shortly after the Dalai Lama named him as the 11th Panchen Lama. He and his parents are believed to have been kidnapped by the Chinese authorities, who immediately put forward another young boy as their selection for the Panchen Lama. See news coverage from Reuters India or visit Campaign for Tibet or Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy. There are online petitions here and here.

For the latest news and actions concerning human rights in China and the Olympics, visit Amnesty International USA's China page.
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