18th May 2023; London – GATPM:
Tibetans in diaspora observed the 28th anniversary of the forced “disappearance” of their spiritual leader – The 11th Panchen Lama – on 17th May 2023. In London, a vigil was held outside the Chinese Embassy from 6pm to 8pm.
To coincident with the anniversary, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Tibet in UK Parliament released a Statement of concern, seeking “details about his whereabouts and welfare”, whilst calling for “his immediate release”.
“This is a growing sign of support for the Tibetan spiritual leader, who was chosen by the Dalai Lama as per the Tibetan Buddhist tradition”, says Tsering Passang, Founder and Chair of Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities.
The Group’s Statement was read by Tenzin Khunga, General Secretary of Tibetan Community UK outside the Chinese Embassy during the rally.
In show of his support and solidarity with the Tibetan Community, Lord Alton, a highly respected Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords, tweeted on 16th May:
China Must Return the Stolen Tibetan Child – The 11th Panchen Lama