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Tibetan govt-in-exile asks China to release Panchen Lama

Dharamsala: Tibetan authorities here asked China to honor its claim of ethnic harmony and fulfil the aspiration of the Tibetan people by releasing the 11th Panchen Lama along with his family.

“Today marks the 25th anniversary of the 11th Panchen Lama’s disappearance,” the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said in a statement.

“The disappearance of the Panchen Lama is not only an injustice to one person, but it is an injustice to six million Tibetans and their right to religious freedom,” it said.

China must honour its claim of ethnic harmony in China by fulfilling the aspiration of the Tibetan people. It must right the wrong and release the 11th Panchen Lama along with his family, Chadrel Rinpoche, and all Tibetans unjustly imprisoned.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama recognized Nyima on May 14, 1995, as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama. Within three days of the announcement, he was abducted making him one of the youngest political prisoners in the world.

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