On May 14th, 1995, His Holiness the Dalai Lama announced the selection of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as the eleventh reincarnation of the Panchen Lama. Shortly after that announcement, the new Panchen Lama and his parents were kidnapped by the Chinese Communist Government. Since that time, no one has seen or heard from the Panchen Lama, though junior Chinese government officials state that he is attending school in Beijing. Repeated requests by thousands of Tibet supporters, governments, and human rights organizations to seek independent verification of this boy's well being have been ignored by the Chinese government. In his place as Panchen Lama, the Chinese Communist Party has selected the son of one of its Tibetan party members to serve as its puppet. To respond to these grotesque actions committed by the Chinese Communist Party, BAFoT has formed the Panchen Lama Committee. The goals of this committee are:
On April 25th 2010, His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama turned 21 years old. Abducted by the Chinese government at the age of 6, his whereabouts still remain unknown to the world.
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