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Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing calls for reciprocal access, religious freedom, and human rights in Tibet

December 6, 2017

Richard Gere, Chair of the International Campaign for Tibet, testified today (December 6) at a Congressional hearing on U.S. Tibet policy in Washington, DC, saying that he was “knocked out” by the support and proposals from U.S. lawmakers during the nearly two-hour long session.

At the hearing, hosted by the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, members of the Committee and the witnesses who gave testimony called for substantive action to resolve the Tibet issue, in the context of a wide-ranging debate covering China’s place in the world, the Dalai Lama and the succession issue, the strategic importance of Tibet to the PRC, and other issues. The Subcommittee hearing came amid efforts to advance the bipartisan Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act and a Concurrent Resolution in support of Tibet’s place in American foreign policy. Tenzin Tethong, Director of the Tibetan Service of Radio Free Asia, and Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy, also testified.

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Hearing on U.S. Tibet policy hosted by Committee on Foreign Affairs, December 6

December 5, 2017

Richard Gere, Chair of the International Campaign for Tibet, will testify Wednesday, December 6 before the United States Congress on U.S. Tibet policy, hosted by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. Tenzin Tethong, Director of the Tibetan Service, Radio Free Asia and Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment for Democracy, will also testify at the hearing.

The Hearing is being held at a critical moment for evaluation of U.S. government Tibet policy following President Trump’s visit to China, where he failed to speak publicly about human rights and Tibet. It follows the introduction of a bipartisan Concurrent Resolution to the Senate on November 16, 2017 asking the Trump Administration to make Tibet an important factor in US-China relations, and calling upon the Trump Administration to fully implement the US Tibetan Policy Act, to promote access of US citizens to Tibet, and to encourage China to speak to the Dalai Lama leading to a negotiated agreement on Tibet.

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ICT Chairman Richard Gere visits Washington, D.C. to engage Members of Congress on Tibet; Attends observation of the Dalai Lama’s birthday on Capitol Hill

June 30, 2017

International Campaign for Tibet Board Chairman Richard Gere came down to Washington, D.C. for the third time this year to continue and deepen ICT’s engagement with Members of Congress on initiatives for Tibet, as well as to participate in a celebration of the Dalai Lama’s 82nd birthday on Capitol Hill.

During this visit, which took place on June 27 and 28, 2017, Gere took the opportunity to brief the Members on the situation in Tibet, on the vision and efforts of the Dalai Lama to solve the Tibetan issue, and on the importance of continued United States support to the Tibetan people.

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ICT Chairman Richard Gere discusses Tibet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

February 9, 2017

Richard Gere, Chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet, met with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on February 9, 2017 and discussed the situation in Tibet. Gere updated the Chancellor on recent developments in Tibet and spoke about ways in which the international community could help mitigate the plight of the Tibetan people.

Gere is in Germany for the Berlin Film Festival where his latest film, “The Dinner” will premiere.

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ICT Chairman Richard Gere raises Tibet at Westminster with Speaker, MPs in London

March 2, 2016

China’s oppressive policies in Tibet were raised today (March 2) with the UK Prime Minister during a visit to London by Richard Gere, Board Chair of the International Campaign for Tibet.

MP Gisela Stuart (Lab) raised Richard Gere’s briefing to MPs with Prime Minister David Cameron during the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions, when the House of Commons is generally packed with MPs. (The question, which is 26 minutes into the debate, can be viewed on the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b072sycm/prime-ministers-questions-02032016 or on C-Span in the U.S. http://www.c-span.org/video/?405837-1/british-prime-ministers-questions).

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Testimony of Richard Gere Chairman of the Board of Directors International Campaign for Tibet before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

July 14, 2015

Co-chairman McGovern and Co-chairman Pitts, and other Members of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, thank you for holding this important hearing today, and for inviting me to speak on the human rights situation in Tibet.

I am here as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Campaign for Tibet (or ICT for short), which, since 1988, has been working to promote human rights and democratic freedoms for the people of Tibet. I feel that it’s particularly appropriate for the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission to be holding this hearing today in light of Tom Lantos’ steadfast commitment to Tibet, and his deep relationship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

It is with profound sadness that I give these remarks today. Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was one of the most highly respected and revered Tibetan lamas. He was a teacher to tens of thousands of Tibetan and Chinese students. Arrested in 2002, Rinpoche spent the last 13 years of his life serving a life sentence for crimes he did not commit. After being tried in a closed session on charges of “terrorism and inciting separatism” and without due process of law, the worst possible outcome has arrived. Rinpoche has died in prison, while in the custody of the Chinese government. This is a profound tragedy for Tibetans and Buddhists throughout the world. The death of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche is a tragic reminder of the injustices endured by Tibetans for exercising their right to religious freedom, and of the grim state of human rights in Tibet.

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As the Dalai Lama Turns 80, Tibet Still Suffers

Published online July 5, 2015 by The Wall Street Journal.
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On July 6 the Dalai Lama, whose spiritual wisdom and friendship have been touchstones for both of our lives, is turning 80 years old.

Since his harrowing escape from Chinese-occupied Tibet into exile on horseback through the high Himalayas into India in 1959, the Dalai Lama has become a towering figure on the world stage. He is a religious leader and a man whose message of peace and the universal values of love, compassion and respect has never mattered more.

Reaching one’s 80th birthday is a significant milestone in any culture, none more so than in Tibet. It is a moment to celebrate.

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ICT Board member Tempa Tsering

Statement of Richard Gere, Chairman of the Board of the International Campaign for Tibet

April 30, 2015

As Chairman, I am overjoyed to announce that the Board of the International Campaign for Tibet, which met in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2015, has elected Mr. Tempa Tsering as its newest member.

Tempa comes with a great wealth of experience in serving His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people in various capacities for the past more than four decades. Presently, he serves as the Representative of H.H. the Dalai Lama in New Delhi.

Tempa is not only an old and dear friend of mine, but also a friend to all of us in the international Tibetan movement. This is an extraordinary opportunity for our organization to increase our depth and effectiveness as we move into the future.

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Reception on Capitol Hill to Honor Mr. Lodi Gyari

The International Campaign for Tibet held a reception in Russell Senate Office Building to honor Mr. Lodi Gyari, who retired as Executive Chairman of our Board, in December 2014. Participants included Democratic Leader Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Senator Mark Kirk, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Congressman Tom Emmer, Representative of H.H. the Dalai Lama, Kaydor Aukatsang; former US […]

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Chen Guangcheng, with his wife Yuan Weijing and ICT Board Chair Richard Gere

Chen Guangcheng awarded the Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize

On January 29, 2013, Cheng Guangcheng, self-taught lawyer and human rights advocate, received the Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize in the U.S. Capitol. ICT Board Chair Richard Gere introduced Chen at the ceremony, hailing him as “a kind and gentle troublemaker” in the mold of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, and His Holiness the […]

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UN Secretary-General reacts to Tibetan hunger strikers in New York

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reacted this week to a hunger strike by three Tibetans outside UN headquarters in New York, according to his spokesman Martin Nesirky who said: “The secretary general affirms the right of all people to peaceful protest. He is however very concerned about the health of the hunger striking protesters.” (March […]

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ICT calls for US leadership on Tibet during Xi Jinping visit; renewed Chinese-Tibetan dialogue and access to Tibet

The Board of Directors of the International Campaign for Tibet has written to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging the U.S. government to use the opportunity of Vice President Xi Jinping’s visit to Washington to press for a change in Tibet. In the letter, sent on February 7, 2012, the ICT Board wrote “We believe […]

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The Dalai Lama with Speaker Pelosi and Wang Lixiong

Dalai Lama concludes Washington visit

The Dalai Lama left Washington, DC, on Saturday (October 10) after a packed agenda in the US capital that included meetings with Congressional leaders; acceptance of a human rights award from the Tom Lantos Foundation for his work for peace; the presentation of an ICT award to the late Julia Taft, former Special Coordinator for […]

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Dalai Lama honors group of Chinese for advancing understanding on Tibet

The first open public event of the Dalai Lamaπs visit to Washington, DC, next week is a major award ceremony on Wednesday, October 7. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and actor and activist Richard Gere are among those who will join the Dalai Lama onstage. The Light of Truth Award is given to individuals and organizations […]

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New television documentary “Tibet: Beyond Fear”

With opening words by the Chairman of ICT’s Board Richard Gere, “Tibet: Beyond Fear” documents the remarkable courage of Ngawang Sangdrol, a 13-year-old Buddhist Nun and Bagdro, a 20-year-old Buddhist monk who participate in demonstrations against the Chinese authorities in Tibet and in support of the Dalai Lama’s return. Following a brutal military crackdown on […]

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Candlelight vigil in Dharamsala

ICT urges President Bush not to attend Olympics opening ceremony, asks China to call off torch relay in Tibet

Peace Rally and Vigil for Tibet Tuesday April 8, 6:00 to 8:00 pm (Pacific), United Nations Plaza, San Francisco Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and actor and activist Richard Gere will join thousands of Tibetan-Americans and Tibet supporters for a peace rally and candle-lit vigil for Tibet in United Nations Plaza in San Francisco […]

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Hearing on Tibet – Statement by Richard Gere

Committee on Foreign Affairs, US House of Representatives March 13, 2007 Chairman Lantos, Representative Ros-Lehtinen, Members of the Committee: As Chairman of the Board of the International Campaign for Tibet, I would like to thank you for this opportunity to address the Committee. I also wish to compliment the Chairman Lantos and Representative Ros-Lehtinen for […]

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Tibet Hearing in Congress

Dalai Lama’s Envoy says political will can help resolve Tibet issue

The Dalai Lama’s Special Envoy, Lodi Gyari, testified before the United States Congress that the dialogue process with the Chinese leadership has reached a stage where “if there is the political will on both sides, we have an opportunity to finally resolve this issue.” Speaking before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on “Tibet: Status […]

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