28.6 C
New Delhi
Friday, March 5, 2021

Portuguese parliament asks gov’t to seek 11th Panchen Lama’s release

Parliament of Portugal

(TibetanReview.net, May18’19) – A motion was adopted in the strongly socialist dominated parliament of Portugal on May 11, condemning “the forced disappearance of the world’s youngest political prisoner,” the 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, and urging Lisbon to “appeal to the Chinese Government for his release.”

The draft motion, in Portuguese, was introduced by Mr André Lourenço e Silva, 42, the spokesperson of People–Animals–Nature (PAN) party. It was adopted with 29 votes in favour and 19 against in the up to 230-member parliament, with only the Communist Party fully voting against it.

Mr André Lourenço e Silva, 42, the spokesperson of People–Animals–Nature (PAN) party.

With this vote, “the Assembly of the Republic, meeting in plenary session, condemns the forced disappearance of the world’s youngest political prisoner, the 11th Panchen Lama, and expresses its concern at the lack of knowledge of his whereabouts and his physical, mental and emotional, urging the Portuguese Government to appeal to the Chinese Government for their release,” said Tibet Support Group, Portugal, in a statement posted on Tibet.net May 17.

PAN has called the disappearance of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima “a gross and flagrant violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms”, which violates the United Nations Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance”.

Ms Alexandra Correia, Coordinator of Tibet Support Group, Portugal (Grupo de Apoio ao Tibete-Portugal) has said she was greatly pleased that though this piece of advisory legislative work was non-binding, such a thing has never happened before in Portugal.

Mr Siva is the lone PAN member in parliament.

The Dalai Lama proclaimed Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, then 6 years old, as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama on 14 May 1995. China reacted by disppearing him and his family on May 17 and appointing another boy, Gyaltsen Norbu, in his place as its 11th Panchen Lama.

Related Articles

Annual survey ranks Tibet, with Syria, as world’s least free region

(TibetanReview.net, Mar04’21) – Tibet is the least free country or territory in the world, along with war-ravage Syria. This is the finding...

India’s latest daily new Covid-19 cases highest in 53 days

(TibetanReview.net, Mar04’21) – Covid-19 cases in India are rising each day, with the country registering the highest single-day figure this morning in...

Covid-19 cases in India surge for 16th day, Tibetan cases now total 1,576

(TibetanReview.net, Mar03’21) – India's Covid-19 case count had surged for 16th straight day, with 15,002 fresh cases recorded on Mar 2, reported...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Stay Connected

6,210FansLike
772FollowersFollow
7,292FollowersFollow
- Advertisement -

Latest Articles

Three Tibetans held for not registering WeChat group, one in hospital with both legs broken

(TibetanReview.net, Mar04’21) – For failing to register with local authorities a WeChat group they had setup in mid-February, China has arrested on...

China’s Sichuan-Tibet Railway investment dwarfs spending on Three Gorges Dam

(TibetanReview.net, Mar04’21) – China’s project to build a railway line between Sichuan’s capital Chengdu and Tibet’s capital Lhasa is its biggest construction...

China releases Tibetan political prisoner in precarious health

(TibetanReview.net, Mar04’21) – China has released from prison in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) Prefecture of Sichuan Province on Feb 25 a Tibetan man...

Annual survey ranks Tibet, with Syria, as world’s least free region

(TibetanReview.net, Mar04’21) – Tibet is the least free country or territory in the world, along with war-ravage Syria. This is the finding...

India’s latest daily new Covid-19 cases highest in 53 days

(TibetanReview.net, Mar04’21) – Covid-19 cases in India are rising each day, with the country registering the highest single-day figure this morning in...