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Search Results Detail for 'Gedun Choekyi Nyima'
Personal Details
CECC Record Number: 2004-00835   Ethnic Group: Tibetan
Detention Status: DET   Sex: M
Issue Category: eth/rel   Age at Detention: 6
Main Name: Gedun Choekyi Nyima   Religion: Tibetan Buddhist (Gelug)
Chinese Characters (Main Name): 更登确吉*尼玛 Occupation: trulku
Alternate Name (Lay or Pen): Panchen Lama   Affiliation: Tashi Lhunpo Mon.
Additional Name(s): Gendun Choekyi Nyima, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima   Residence Province: Tibet [Xizang] Auto. Region
Pinyin Name: Gengdeng Queji Nima   Residence Prefecture: Naqu [Nagchu] Pref.
  Residence County: Jiali [Lhari] Cty.
Imprisonment or Detention Details
Date of Detention: 1995/05/17
Current Prison: Beijing? (general location)
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Province Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Beijing Shi (prov.)
Prefecture Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Beijing Shi Muni. Urb. Area (pref.)
County Where Imprisoned (or Detained): (na)
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Short Summary
On May 14, 1995, the Dalai Lama announced that he had recognized 6-year-old Gedun Choekyi Nyima as the 11th reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, the second-most prominent trulku (a teacher Tibetan Buddhists believe is a reincarnation) in the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Government officials denounced the Dalai Lama’s announcement as "illegal and invalid" and took Gedun Choekyi Nyima and his parents into custody on May 17. They have been held incommunicado in one or more unknown locations since then. In November 1995, the Chinese government oversaw the selection and installation of another boy, Gyaltsen Norbu, as the Panchen Lama. In March 2010, Chairman of the TAR government Pema Choling (Baima Chilin) told reporters Gedun Choekyi Nyima and his family were "living a very good life in Tibet," and that they were "reluctant to be disturbed" (Associated Press, reprinted in Phayul, 7 March 10). The government has not permitted a representative of an international organization to visit Gedun Choekyi Nyima so that he can express his wishes with respect to privacy. Gedun Choekyi Nyima was born in Lhari county, Nagchu prefecture, TAR, on April 25, 1989. (See TCHRD, 2010, report.)