Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was just 6 years old when he was recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the 11th Panchen Lama, one of Tibet’s most important religious leaders. Just after Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family were taken into custody by the Chinese authorities and he has not been seen since.
Tibetans, Tibet supporters, human rights organisations and world governments have consistently urged China to release Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, but these appeals continue to go unheeded.
For nearly two decades the Chinese authorities have denied requests from governments and the United Nations for access to Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family, claiming that he was leading a normal life and does not wish to be disturbed.
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama, is highly revered by Tibetans both in & outside Tibet. This song below, ‘Panchen Rinpoche’ by Sonam Tashi, is just one of the many dedicated to Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the second most important Tibetan spiritual leader.