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)

NGO Professional | Human Rights and Political Activist | Author - Founder, Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM) - Director, Tibet Foundation (2019 - Jan 2021) - Chairman, Tibetan Community UK | Tibetan Refugee Charitable Trust (2014 - 2016) - Trustee, Tibet House Trust (2014 - 2016) - Council Member, Tibet Society (2014 - 2016) - Special Adviser, Tibet Society (2017 - 2018) - Sponsorship Coordinator, Tibet Relief Fund (2017 - 2016) - Programme Manager, Tibet Foundation (2001 - 2007)

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