On May 17, 1995 Chinese authorities abducted the 11th Panchen Lama Gendun Choekyi Nyima who was then six years old along with his parent. Today marks the 22 years since his disappearance. His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama are highly revered lamas among Tibetans and regarded as the sun and the moon.
Twenty five days after the mysterious death of the 10th Panchen Lama, on April 25, 1989, the 11th Panchen Lama Gendun Choekyi Nyima was born in Lhari County, Nagchu Prefecture to Kunchok Phuntsok and Dechen Choedon. Gendun Choekyi Nyima was recognised as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama by the Dalai Lama on May 14, 1995. Three days later, Chinese authorities abducted him along with his parent. At age six, Panchen Lama became the youngest political prisoner in the world.
The Lhakar of 10th May 2017 marks the day which is a week before the date of disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet. On this Lhakar our team organized an awareness program for the same. We chose to raise resistance through art and hence called our event as ‘Break Free with Art’.
Overlooking the scenic beauty of McleodGanj from the Bogdo Café we shared an evening of live music, live painting, poetry and short films educating and raising awareness about the Chinese oppression and the youngest political prisoner in the world, the Panchen Lama.
On May 17 2017 regional chapters of Tibetan Youth Congress, Tibetan Women’s Association and Students for a Free Tibet and Tibetans around the world are calling for the immediate release of the Panchen Lama.
Dharamshala chapters of Tibetan Youth Congress and Tibetan Women’s Association and Students for a Free Tibet- India had a flash mob on Panchen Lama at 9am at two locations: Mcleod square and entrance gate of Tsugla khang.
Regional Tibetan Women’s Association president Tsering Yangkey said “Through this act we were able to reenact the feeling of what happened to 6 year old Panchen Lama, The audience in Dharamsala was moved by the act. For a parent of any race and nationality losing their 6 year old child will be a traumatic experience. I also witnessed many people were crying and touched after seeing this short skit”
Through this skit, we call on the Chinese government to disclose the condition and whereabouts of the Panchen Lama. We also call on the international community and world leaders to support for the release of the Panchen Lama.
Regional Tibetan Youth Congress
Regional Tibetan Women’s Association
Students for a Free Tibet- India