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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

120,000 Signature Petition on Tibetan "Living God"

French National Assembly Committee on Tibet presents petition to French President on Panchen Lama.

11th Pancen Lama of TibetAccording to a report in Students For A Free Tibet a 120,000-signature petition on Tibet was delivered to the French president's office, calling for the release from detention of the teenaged Panchen Lama, the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism.

The 11th Panchen Lama, now a 15 year old boy was kidnapped by Chinese officials two weeks after being named by the Dalai Lama in 1995.

Despite international pressure for his release the Chinese government until recently has been silent as to his fate. Some believe that he may even be dead.

A recent statement from the CCP State Council denies that Gedhun Choekyi Nyima (pictured above) is the real 11th Panchen Lama claiming that this "living god" actually is one Gyaincain Norbu dubbed by Tibetans as the "Beijing Panchen Lama" due to Beijing engineering his selection by Pro Chinese Tibetan lamas.

The Council further stated that Gedhun was alive and well and living the life of an ordinary "Chinese citizen" under the protection of the state against "kidnap" attempts by "separatist" elements.

China is fearful that the true Panchen Lama if allowed his freedom would become a rallying point for Tibetan independence groups which combined with the world stature of the Dalai Lama would constitute a force Beijing would find hard to deal with.

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Students For a Free Tibet:"120,000 SIGNATURE PETITION ON TIBETAN "LIVING GOD" HANDED TO FRENCH LEADER" 3 June 2002. (June 8, 2004)