Tibetans take out candlelight procession in DharamsalaApril 25th, 2009 - 11:40 pm ICT by IANS
Dharamsala, April 25 (IANS) Thousands of Tibetan exiles Saturday took out a
candlelight procession in this Himachal Pradesh town to mark the 20th birth anniversary of Gendun Chokeyi Nyima, whom the Dalai Lama has recognised as the 11th Panchen Lama.
“The Panchen Lama is in the custody of the Chinese for the past 14 years… The PRC (People’s Republic of China) is still not disclosing the whereabouts of the youngest political prisoner,” Tibetan Youth Congress general secretary Passang Tenzin told IANS.
“We urge the international community to force China to release the Panchen Lama immediately,” he said.
However, the Chinese have recognised Gyaltsen Norbu, 19, as the 11th incarnation of the Panchen Lama.
The Tibetan-government-in exile is based here since 1959 when the Dalai Lama fled Tibet and sought sanctuary in India. Around 100,000 Tibetans live across India. The Tibetan-government-in exile is not recognised by any country in the world.