Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland called on China to allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief to visit Gedhun Choekyi Nyima. According to a report published by the Canada Tibet Committee, Freeland’s statements came in response to written questions submitted this June by Parliamentary Friends of Tibet Vice-Chair Randall Garrison, with regard to the efforts of the Canadian Government in applying its “Guidelines on Supporting Human Rights Defenders” in Tibet’s case. Garrison had inquired about the efforts made by Canadian representatives of the Government of China’s efforts to “provide legitimate evidence of the well-being and whereabouts of Tibet’s Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima” as well as the progress made by the Canadian Embassy in Beijing in obtaining permission for a Canadian diplomatic delegation to visit Tibet’s Panchen Lama in detention. The Foreign Minister requested China to “provide information on the location of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his parents, the level of education that Gedhun completed, and the expected date for his return along with his parents.”

(Comment: Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, Tibet’s missing Panchen Lama selected by the Dalai Lama, has not been heard of since he was forcibly taken away by Chinese authorities in 1995 at the age of 6.)

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