Washington DC : "Nonviolence works, but it takes a long time. But once it works, it's finished. It's complete", International Campaign for Tibet Chairman, actor and long time friend of Tibet Richard Gere delivered a powerful message yesterday morning at the inaugural session of the 8th World Parliamentarians' Convention on Tibet.
The eighth World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet (WPCT) is being held in Washington, DC. from June 22 to 23 to gather the world leaders in expressing concern over human rights violations and religious repression in Tibet.
It seeks to encourage legislators to advocate for the survival of Tibetan identity and culture and to take note of human rights concerns and repression in Tibet and to encourage parliamentarians to, in their respective countries, support a quick resumption of dialogue between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government for “negotiated solution on Tibet”. Apart from panel discussions and briefings for parliamentarians, the gathering also had a video message from the Dalai Lama and the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
Richard Gere is an advocate for human rights in Tibet and is a co-founder of the Tibet House US, creator of the Gere Foundation, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Campaign for Tibet. Because he supports the Tibetan Independence Movement, he is permanently banned from entering China.
By Team TRC