1995年5月、パンチェン・ラマ11世として転生者（生まれ変わり）を公式に承認された数ヶ月後に、中国当局によって拉致されて以降、消息が不明です。ゲンドゥンはその時、たった６才でした。今年2011年4月25日で22歳の誕生日を迎えた彼は、当局の拘束下で15回目の誕生日を向かえたことになります。以下は国際チベットネットワークに参加する複数の団体が運営する、Free the Panchen Lamaサイトの要請文です。同意される方は署名にご協力下さい！
Dear Minister, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, Tibet’s 11th Panchen Lama, will turn 21 on April 25th 2010. He and his family have been missing since the Chinese authorities abducted them in May 1995, when Gedhun was just six years old. Despite numerous requests by foreign diplomats and United Nations representatives for verification of his well-being and whereabouts, no independent access has been given to Gedhun or his family for almost 15 years.
Most recently Padma Choling, Governor of the Tibet Autonomous Region, stated “As far as I know, his family and he are now living a very good life in Tibet”. To verify this statement, we call on you to allow an independent expert to visit and confirm the wellbeing of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and also to verify that he and his family are free to travel wherever they wish.
We also urge you to deliver the following birthday message to Gedhun on the occasion of his 21st birthday. “21st Birthday Greetings to you, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet. Our thoughts are often with you and we long to see you free.”