gendhun choekyi nyima
His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama, Gendhun Choekyi Nyima, one of the highest religious figures of Tibet was abducted by the Chinese government in 1995 after being officially recognized as the 11th Panchen Lama. He was 6 at the time, and since then, the Panchen Lama has spent the last 18 years of his life as a prisoner of the Chinese government. Tibetans are a deeply spiritual people under the Chinese rule, they have been deprived of the leadership and guidance such high spiritual figures for too long. The absence of Panchem lama has had a devastating impact on the Tibetan people. Over hundred people have self-immolated calling for the return of the Dalai Lama and the release of the Panchen Lama. As the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances, your committee is responsible to highlight the case of the Panchen Lama's disappearance. I join Tibetans and people of conscience around the world in demanding you to take immediate action.