David Johnson

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The 11th Panchen Lama's birthday & disappearance

Today is the 31st birthday of the 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as recognized by the current Dalai Lama on 14 May, 1995. Three days after His Holiness’ recognition of the young boy, then aged 6, the Chinese government placed him under house arrest, location unknown. Twenty five years later, the Panchen Lama’s whereabouts is still unknown and is undisclosed by the Chinese Government. At the time of his disappearance, human rights organizations called him the “youngest political prisoner in the world.”