On the 67th International Human Rights Day, department of information and international relations of the Tibetan-government-in-exile released a book entitled “The Panchen lama Lineage: How Reincarnation is being Reinvented as a Political Tool”.
The book documents events surrounding the disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama, condemnations by governments, parliaments and coverage by the world media. Insightful analysis by prominent China watchers and human rights defenders on the issue are also included in the book.
Twenty years ago, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was recognised by the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of Tibet’s 11th Panchen Lama.
Within three days of the announcement, he was abducted making him one of the youngest political prisoners in the world.
“The enforced disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama remains the most prominent case of human rights abuse during the entire 65 years of Tibet’s occupation by the Communist China,” says a statement by exile government.
Even after 20 years, it alleged, no significant progress has been made in this case and Chinese leadership has continuously refused to reveal any information about him or his family’s whereabouts.
The exile government further alleged that, in Tibet, Tibetans are arrested arbitrarily, detained and sentenced to imprisonment under guise of different name tags, such as ‘separatist’, ‘leaking state secrets’, and ‘Dalai Clique’.
“A simple act of peaceful demonstrations against the denial of basic rights brings more arrests, prison sentencing and torture,” it alleged, adding that at least 30 known Tibetans have died as a result of torture during detention.