International Tibet Network Members' Message
17 May 2015
I am Lobsang Tseten, a 26 year old Tibetan born and brought up in exile. Recently, I had an opportunity to attend a conference in Washington DC with activists from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Southern Mongol, Uyghur community and Falun Gong. As a young Tibetan, I was honoured to represent Tibet, however, I could not stop thinking about another 26-year old Tibetan, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, our Panchen Lama.
I grew up around people who loved me and made me the man I am today but Panchen Rinpoche has been kept away from his people for too long. He’s been denied his share of love and respect but more importantly, his freedom. I don't know where he is, China took him from me and my people 20 years ago. For that long, all of us have been looking for him and wishing for his safe return
Today, 17 May, it’s 20 years since his abduction by China's Communist Party; 20 years of separation and 20 years of freedom denied. It’s also 20 years of us reminding China that we are not giving up hope, or the fight. We will keep fighting till Panchen Lama returns.
There are no dungeons deep enough, no walls high enough to keep out the message of freedom. Freedom will rise, but we have to act now.
Thank you for signing the petition to China's United Front Work Department, asking for proof of Panchen Rinpoche's wellbeing and whereabouts and calling for his immediate release. Please read our report and share the petition link with friends and family to build support for Gedhun Choekyi Nyima: http://www.freepanchenlama.org/take-action/
And please, if you can, help us with a donation that will support our efforts to strengthen the global movement campaigning for Tibet. You can donate via https://tibetnetwork.org/donate
With many thanks for your support,
Asia Regional Coordinator, International Tibet Network
The International Tibet Network is a global coalition of more than 180 Member organizations from six continents, who believe in the power of coordinated campaign action for Tibet. You are receiving this message as you have previously signed petitions and online actions concerning the Panchen Lama and other Tibetan political prisoners