China: Freedom of Religious Belief

A Live Webinar on Monday, 17th May 2021 from 3.30pm to 4.30pm (London time)

For the past 26 years, Tibetan Buddhists have been waiting patiently for a glimpse of their spiritual leader, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama. This is still yet to materialise.

Born on 25th April 1989, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was recognised as the reincarnation of the previous 10th Panchen Lama, on 15th May 1995, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as per the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Within days of his recognition the six-year old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima disappeared, on 17th May 1995, with his parents and spiritual mentor, Jadrel Rinpoche. 

Six months later, China announced its own Panchen Lama, Gyaincain Norbu as the reincarnation of the previous Panchen Lama.

Despite repeated requests for access, the whereabouts of the Dalai Lama’s recognised Panchen Lama is not known except to the Chinese regime. At the time of his disappearance in 1995, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima became the world’s youngest political prisoner.

To coincide with this anniversary, the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM) is hosting a webinar titled – “China: Freedom of Religious Belief”.  

Our panel of experts include:

  • Jim Shannon MP, Chair of The All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief (UK Parliament);
  • Dr Tenzin Dorjee, Associate Professor at California State  University, Fullerton; Former Chair, The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF);
  • Benedict Rogers, CEO of Hong Kong Watch, Vice Chairman, Conservative Party Human Rights Commission;
  • Kate Saunders, Author, Writer, Tibet specialist, former Research Director at International Campaign for Tibet

Please join us at this free event and also share this post!

Monday, 17th May 2021 from 3.30pm to 4.30pm (London time)

via http://www.facebook.com/GATPM2020

Author: Tsering Passang (Tsamtruk)

Tsering Passang is passionate about Tibet and the Tibetan issue. He was born in a Tibetan refugee camp in western Nepal. An NGO professional with nearly 20 years of experience in international development charities, Tsering has led Tibetan Community UK from 2014 to 2016 as its Chairman. Amongst his pioneering initiatives as the Community Leader, Tsering spearheaded "Tibetans Helping Tibetans" initiative and within months, it resulted in securing the sponsorship of 30 Tibetan refugee children for their education in India from 25 UK-based Tibetan families. Prior to his current appointment as the Director of Tibet Foundation, Tsering served as Special Adviser to the Tibet Society, the world's oldest Tibet support group. He also worked for Tibet Relief Fund for over eight years, raising vital funds for Tibetan children’s education in India and Nepal. From 2001 to 2007, he worked for Tibet Foundation as Art & Culture Programme Manager. Tsering has conducted multiple field trips to India and Nepal over the past two decades. After returning from his 2008 personal trip to Mustang, Tsering saw a need to provide training to those Tibetan teachers working in rural areas. Within a year, with the support of western teaching professionals, Tsering initiated the vital training programme for the teachers. Over 50 Tibetan refugees and ethnic Tibetan teachers from Mustang, Manang, Dhorpatan, Pokhara and Kathmandu attended the trainings delivered in Mustang, Kathmandu and Pokhara. He developed partnerships with the local NGOs and schools in Nepal. From 2014 to 2016, Tsering served on the boards of Tibet Society and Tibet House Trust. He also served as the Chairman and a Trustee of the Tibetan Refugee Charitable Trust. Tsering continues his advocacy work on Tibet. He has attended and engaged with parliamentarians, special advisers and officials from the UK, UN, the US and EU. Tsering has also spoken at important public and closed forums – audience included governments representatives, policymakers, rights advocates, lawyers, journalists, NGO professionals, university students and researchers. In addition to his writings on the Tibetan affairs, published in the British, Nepalese and Tibetan media, Tsering was interviewed by the BBC, Sky News and Reuters. He is also frequently interviewed by the Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and Voice of Tibet. Tsering has conducted special interviews with leading Tibetan political figures - President of the Tibetan Government-in-exile (Central Tibetan Administration based in Dharamsala) and His Holiness the Dalai Lama's former Special Envoy (Washington-based) and former Representative (London-based) for a Tibetan YouTube channel – LondonNey Production. Tsering’s personal blog: www.tsamtruk.com Tsering's latest initiative is the creation of the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM) - an advocacy group with the object of highlighting the issues affecting the Tibetans, Uyghur Muslims as well as other peoples persecuted by the Chinese regime.

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