TWA Panchen Post Card

Mother’s call for their son: Panchen Lama

TWA Panchen Post Card

Dharamsala: 17th May 2012, marks 17 years of captivity since 17th May 1995, when Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama and his family went missing. For the last seventeen years, no definitive, credible information has surfaced about their whereabouts and wellbeing.

The Central and the Regional Tibetan Women’s Association, has a new initiative, ‘Mother’s call for their son: Panchen Lama’, which includes a postcard action about the Panchen Lama and urges the Chinese government to provide information on Panchen Lama’s wellbeing and whereabouts from a mother’s perspective. The text on the post card is a clear promising message from mothers to their son; who has been abducted for 17 long years, mothers’ attempt to visualize their son’s growth and his well being.

TWA resolves to post 10,000 post cards from all over India and more from regional TWA Nepal and overseas chapters, all signed by mothers.

“Gedhun Choekyi Nyima’s abduction is not only a violation of Tibet’s religious freedom and it is also a human rights violation,” said Tashi Dolma, the newly elected President of Tibetan Women’s Association.

Padma Choling, Tibet’s Chinese appointed Governor, in March 2010, told reporters that “Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family are now living a good life as ordinary citizens in Tibet.” This statement comes without substantial evidence, Tibetans see no reason to believe in this and thus we urge the Chinese Authorities to prove the truth in it. We have deliberately addressed the post cards to Padma Choling (Pema Thinley) with much anticipation that he will convey the post cards to His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama. According to his statement in March 2010, it is clear that Padma Choling knows very well the whereabouts of the 11th Panchen Lama.

We also have a daylong petition signing campaign addressed to Zhu Weiqun, Vice Minister of the United Front Work Department, China’s official spokesperson for Tibetan affairs, demanding proofs of whereabouts and well being of the 11th Panchen Lama be released immediately.

Please join the movement on 17th May 2012 with our chapters in your locality.
No borders, no race, no cultural differences, just a mother wanting to see her son. Please we urge you all to join and help us find the 11th Panchen Lama. Help us make the Chinese Government give us some answers about him.

Press Contacts:
Samten Chodon, Vice President 09418936118
Pema Choedon, Tibetan Research and Media 08679718481

Lhamo Tso speaks out to mark National Uprising day


Delhi, March 12 Lhamo Tso led over 2000 people as they marched on the UN Headquarters in New York to mark National Uprising Day, calling for the release of her husband and other Tibetan political prisoners being held.

53 years ago, on March 10th, the Tibetan people resisted an attempt by the Chinese government to remove His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Several thousand Tibetan surrounded the palace to protect him from Chinese officials with many giving their lives as Chinese military intervention grew stronger.

Fearing for his safety, His Holiness the Dalai Lama later fled to India where he publicly denounced Chinese rule and their treatment of his people. The aftermath of this saw the beginning of a violent and strong crackdown on Tibetan freedom and rights, a trend that has continued ever since.

Tso, the wife of jailed Tibetan film maker Dhondup Wangchen, addressed the crowd at Times Square. Excerpts from her husband’s banned documentary, ‘Leaving Fear Behind’ was also shown at the open-air press conference.

Tso last spoke to her husband in 2008 and questioned the true motives of the Chinese’s rule in Tibet. There has been recently been a large wave of self-immolations by Tibetans in protest to the Chinese rule, with 14 individuals in the past 10 weeks taking their own life. Tso described the feeling of hearing her fellow Tibetan’s decision to protest through self-immolation as a ‘knife through my heart’.

Tso currently lives in exile in India and was in the US for the first time. She spoke of her husband’s imprisonment, how he was convicted without a defence, and the reports of his suffering because of the squalor conditions.

“I want to ask for your help in the release of my husband – in the release of other political prisoners in Tibet. I’m here in the centre of the United States but my heart and mind are always with my husband”, she said while visibly distressed and crying.

Another really was held outside the Chinese Consulate in the city and an evening vigil was later held in Union Square, coinciding with other worldwide protests.

Find out more about Dhondup Wangchen and Lhamo Tso’s life since his arrest in TWA’s documentary Behind The Sea.