Gedhun Choekyi Nyima:Written question - 48564

Asked by Tim Loughton
(East Worthing and Shoreham)
Asked on: 13 October 2016
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last raised the detention of the Panchen Lama with the Chinese authorities; and if he will make a statement.
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 21 October 2016

We raised the case of the Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, at the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue in 2014. The Chinese authorities stated in September 2015 that the Panchen Lama was "leading a normal life" in China.

We urge China to ensure that any restrictions on the Panchen Lama's freedom of movement and communication are lifted, so that he may select the career, education or religious life of his choosing. We will continue to support calls by the UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion or Belief for the relevant authorities to facilitate a meeting between the Panchen Lama and independent international observers.

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