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Students for a Free Tibet condemn China-led Kalachakra with ‘fake’ Panchen Lama, call for release of imprisoned Tibet’s Panchen Lama

Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) condemned China’s effort to forcefully legitimize the controversial Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama, Gyancain Norbu, by hosting a state-controlled Kalachakra, an important and complex ritual in Tibetan Buddhism. The ritual is taking place in Shigatse, Tibet between July 21-24, while Tibet's Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, still remains China’s captive after 21 years.

SFT’s Statement in response to Pema Tseden’s arrest

We are outraged to learn that world-renowned Tibetan filmmaker, Pema Tseden, was detained and severely beaten by Chinese security officials following an incident at Xining airport on June 26. Pema Tseden is reportedly undergoing emergency medical treatment at a local hospital, and is set to continue his 5-day detention after...
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