Request to the European Union's Fundamental Rights Agency to secure independent access to Gedhun Choekyi Nyima sign now



Dear Mr Kjaerum Morten,

As Director of the European Union's Fundamental Rights Agency, we urge you to explicity require the Chinese government to give verifiable proof of the well-being of the religious person, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family, who vanished without trace in 1995, shortly after the Dalai Lama named Gedhun Choekyi as the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet.

Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was abducted by Chinese authorities, along with his family, at aged 6. For several years the Chinese authorities admitted they were holding him in custody. In recent years they have repeatedly claimed that he is leading an ordinary life with his family and does not want to be distrurbed. Yet, Chinese authorities have never allowed him to state this for himself. If this were true, one single, independently verifiable statement, or press conference from him would be enough to conclude the issue of his disappearance and his personal wishes to lead an ordinary life without outside disturbance. Such a statement or press conference has never been allowed to take place by the Chinese authorities. All outside contact with him and his family has been categorically denied by the Chinese government, despite repeated requests from the European Union, United Nations, several governments, numerous NGO groups and many concerned individuals. Even the simple request of an up-to-date photograph of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima has been repeatedly denied by the Chinese government.

Gedhun Choekyi Nyima will be twenty years of age on 25 April this year. He has now spent 14 years in Chinese government custody, more than two thirds of his life. All through this time he has been denied his fundamental rights as a human being to state exactly how he wishes to lead his life in his own words.

Enshrined in the European Union's objectives on human rights is -
the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion
the right to freedom of movement, within the borders of a state, the right to leave any country, including one's own, and to return to one's country of origin.

It is absolutely clear that not only is Gedhun Choekyi Nyima being denied these rights, but he is also being denied the fundamental right to speak for himself concerning his wishes on how he wants to lead his own life.

Therefore, as the director of the European Union's Fundamental Rights Agency, it is uncumbent upon you to insist in the strongest possible terms to the Chinese authorities, for independent access and verifiable proof of the well-being and personal wishes of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, and to ensure this is done without fear of reprisals and intimidation from the Chinese government to the said person and his family.

For fourteen years this case has been allowed to continue without any progress being made. The Chinese government continues to act with extreme instransigence on this issue while other governments meekly accept their intransigence. We must bear in mind though that economics should not be placed higher than fundamental human rights, otherwise human rights become merely empty and meaningless words. As director of the Fundamental Rights Agency, it your right and duty to investigate and ensure independent access is allowed to Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, that his human rights are being defended, that he has the opportunity to express his own wishes and that he has the human right to have contact with the outside world.

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