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Richard Gere speaks up for Tibet at US hearing

Protestors hold signs calling for the release of jailed Tibetan Buddhist teacher Tenzin Delek RinpocheHollywood star Richard Gere expressed outrage Tuesday over the death in a Chinese prison of a key Tibetan dissident, as the US Congress explored ways to ratchet up pressure on Beijing over Tibet. Testifying before the House of Representatives human rights commission, Gere remembered Tenzin Delek Rinpoche as one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most respected and revered lamas. “The worst possible outcome has arrived — Rinpoche has died in prison,” said Gere, a longtime champion of human rights in Tibet, in written testimony.

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