Panchen Lama on TV


BBC broadcast moved from the 24th to Tuesday 23d. 

We have a date for your diaries: at 7pm on 23 April, BBC 1's The One Show will broadcast a feature on the Pachen Lama

The Panchen Lama, one of the most revered individuals in Tibetan Buddhism, has been missing since 1995. Shortly after his sixth birthday he was abducted, along with the rest of his family. There has been no trace of him since then, with Beijing refusing to disclose information about his location or well-being. 

On the eve of the Panchen Lama's 30th birthday, a forensic artist has produced an age progression image showing how he may look as a 30 year old. The image was painstakingly constructed in consultation with Tibetans and using exhaustive information on how Gedhun Choekyi Nyima could look today. The broadcast on 23 April will be the first time that picture has been publicly released.

We are thrilled that the BBC has chosen to tell the Panchen Lama's story and bring it to wider attention. We encourage supporters to spread the word about the broadcast so that others can learn about him and about Tibet.


The location of the Panchen Lama is one of China’s most tightly-guarded secrets, one that they refuse to share. Despite Beijing’s claims that he is safe and does not want to be disturbed, Tibetans continue to demand to know where he is. Even after China appointed their own, pro-Chinese Panchen Lama, Tibetans have never forgotten Gedhun Choekyi Nyima.

You can learn more about the circumstances of the Panchen Lama's abduction on this page

Take action

Write an email to China's Minister of Justice, demanding he give us answers on the whereabouts of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima.