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Marking 29 Years Since the Panchen Lama’s Disappearance

Today marks 29 years since the People’s Republic of China (PRC) abducted the 11th Panchen Lama, one of the most important figures in Tibetan Buddhism, as a six-year-old child.  Gedhun Choekyi Nyima remains missing and has not appeared in public since that day.  The PRC government is denying members of the Tibetan community access to this important religious figure and instead continues to promote a state-selected proxy. 

The United States supports Tibetans’ human rights and their exercise of those rights in connection with their distinct religious, cultural, and linguistic identity. Tibetans, like members of all religious communities, should have the ability to select, educate, and venerate their own leaders, like the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama, according to their own beliefs and without government interference. 

Official news published at https://www.state.gov/marking-29-years-since-the-panchen-lamas-disappearance/

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