“One of Tibet’s highest spiritual leaders, His Holiness the Panchen Lama, turns 24 years old today. This should be an occasion of great celebration for Tibetans everywhere, but instead we mark this occasion in protest and with sadness.
For almost two decades, the Panchen Lama has been a prisoner of the Chinese government. He was forcibly disappeared when he was just six years old. China claims he is living a normal life but they have refused anyone access to him.
Tibetans are a deeply spiritual people and our Buddhist leaders fulfill a central role in our society and culture. Under Chinese rule, Tibetans have been deprived of the leadership and guidance of our highest spiritual figures for too long. Their absence has had a devastating impact on our people, one that can be seen in the sheer number of monks and nuns who have lit their bodies on fire, calling for the return of the Dalai Lama and the release of the Panchen Lama.
The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) is an international human rights body that monitors and prevents forced disappearances.If we build enough global pressure, we can ensure that CED raises the Panchen Lama’s case with China”
After the Chinese government kidnapped him at age 6 they installed their own puppet Panchen Lama, which you can read about in the Wiki links above. And it is assumed that when the much loved Dalai Lama passes they will attempt to do the same thing with his position. How strange, an atheistic communist country manipulating religious leaders to manipulate political policy in Tibet and around the world?