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Tibetans stage candle light march on 12th anniversary of Panchem Lamas disappearance

Tibetans in Dharamshala took out a candle light procession on Friday to mark the 12th anniversary of the disappearance of the Panchen Lama.

Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh), May 18 : Tibetans in Dharamshala took out a candle light procession on Friday to mark the 12th anniversary of the disappearance of the Panchen Lama.

"The young Tibetans are getting frustrated because Panchen Lama's childhood has gone. The traditional education of his lineage has also gone. Therefore, people are trying to get him freed. He should show up in the international platform so that everybody will at least know that he is alive," said Yeshi Phuntsok, a Tibetan monk.

Tibet's 11th Panchen Lama, Gedun Choekyi Nyima, is said to be in Chinese captivity since July 1995.

Nyima was named the reincarnation of the previous Panchen Lama by the Dalai Lama on May 14, 1995.

The Chinese authorities have designated their own Panchen Lama, but few Tibetans recognise the child as legitimate.

The Tibetan designated Panchen Lama disappeared in July 1995, and in 1996, the Chinese Government said he has been put under 'Chinese protection on the request of his parents'.

China has repeatedly turned down requests for access to the boy who the Tibetans term as the 'Youngest Prisoner of the World'.

Chinese authorities say the Panchen Lama and his family don't want visits and that precautions are necessary for their safety.

"Even though there may not be a direct impact on the Chinese Government right away, but having all the students mobilised in our movement, is one step in securing the Panchen Lama's freedom," said Tenzin Palkay, a Tibetan woman activist.

Human rights groups call him the world's youngest political prisoner.

ANI

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