- "The absolute wish of all the Tibetan people is for the 11th Panchen Lama to be freed from the oppression of the government of China, to be able to see and hear him. We call on world leaders to assist in his release," said the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile on Monday to mark on the 26th Anniversary of the Enforced Disappearance of the youngest prisoner in the world.
- Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama, was recognized as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the 10th Panchen Lama, on May 14, 1995, at the age of six.
- The recognition by the Dalai Lama infuriated Chinese authorities, who arrested the boy and his family three days later and installed another boy, Gyaincain Norbu, as their candidate in his place.
- The Dalai Lama's choice of Panchen Lama's whereabouts are unknown, and he has not been seen in public since his disappearance.
- The current Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 after China crushed an uprising in formerly independent Tibet. India granted him political asylum, and since then, the Tibetan government-in-exile has operated from Dharamsala as its headquarters.
- The succession to the Dalai Lama is a major source of contention between Beijing, which insists on its right to choose the next top Tibetan religious leader, and Tibetans both at home and abroad.
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