China silent of Panchen Lama

China silent of Panchen Lama


China has again given an unsatisfactory and insufficient response on the whereabouts of Panchen Lama Gendun Choekyi Nyima, according to the Tibetan Government-in-exile here.

The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) has said the response received from China about the Eleventh Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, was 'not considered sufficient'.

The enforced disappearance of Panchen Gedhun Choekyi Nyima 'will remain under consideration', added the experts in its communication of November 18. Next year will be the 25th anniversary of Panchen Lama’s disappearance. He was six years of age when the Chinese abducted him and his entire family and even to this day their whereabouts are unknown.

Despite repeated calls by the UN experts and international community China has refused to divulge any information on this. When asked about the fate of Panchen Lama, the WGEID in its 119th session held in September this year, China had responded to experts with unverifiable and insufficient information.

In addition to the usual standard reply stating that Panchen Choekyi Nyima has 'received free compulsory education', this time, China has added that 'he went to university”', and 'currently he has found a job'. However, on his and his family’s whereabouts, China has remained silent yet again.

The last response that the UN Working Group has received from China was in May 2013, in which China said Panchen Gedhun Choekyi Nyima has 'received a tertiary education'.

The Tibet Bureau, Geneva, and the UN and Human Rights Desk of Department of Information and International Relations have been constantly monitoring and following up on the case of the Panchen Lama’s enforced disappearance.