Dharamshala — As the whole world commemorate the 55th Human Rights Day on 10 December, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) Thursday said the enforced disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama remains the most prominent case of human rights abuse in Tibet over six decades of Chinese military occupation.
To mark Human Rights Day, a book entitled "The Panchen Lama Lineage: How Reincarnation is being Reinvented as a Political Tool", was released by the Department of Information and International Relations of the CTA.
"The book documents events surrounding the disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama, condemnations by governments, parliaments and coverage by the world media. Insightful analysis by prominent China watchers and human rights defenders on the issue are also included in the book," the CTA said in a statement to mark Human Rights Day.
In the statement, the CTA said "Twenty years ago, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of Tibet's 11th Panchen Lama. Within three days of the announcement, he was abducted making him one of the youngest political prisoners in the world."
"The enforced disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama remains the most prominent case of human rights abuse during the entire 65 years of Tibet's occupation by the Communist China," The CTA stressed, adding: "Even after 20 years, no significant progress has been made in this case and Chinese leadership has continuously refused to reveal any information about him or his family's whereabouts."
"This book is especially useful for those who have no or little knowledge about the enforced disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and events surrounding his disappearance," the statement further said.
Highlighting the current human rights situation in Tibet, the statement said: Tibetans are arrested arbitrarily, detained and sentenced to imprisonment under guise of different name tags, such as "separatist", "leaking state secrets", and "Dalai Clique".
"A simple act of peaceful demonstrations against the denial of basic rights brings more arrests, prison sentencing and torture," the CTA added, saying "At least 30 known Tibetans have died as a result of torture during detention, and more than 40 Tibetans have been sentenced to imprisonment for 10 years and more, since 2008."
The CTA has criticized China's repressive policies that are the root-cause of these self-immolations in Tibet. "Tibetans of all ages and walks of life across the Tibetan plateau have resorted to tragic acts of self-immolation protest in the last few years. Since 2009, 142 Tibetans have self-immolated in Tibet."
The CTA repeatedly said the international community should press China to open up Tibet to independent fact-finding missions and the international media to probe the root causes of the crisis. Today, the Chinese government continues to rule Tibet with an iron fist, with policies designed to restrict and deny basic human rights, such as freedom of expression and freedom of religion.