A longtime Buddhist, Gere has starred in scores of hit movies, as well as a few flops (“Nights in Rodanthe”?). But throughout his career, his advocacy on behalf of occupied Tibet hasn’t wavered.
The act recognized Tibet as an occupied nation, rather than a region of China, and it’s been a sticking point in U.S.-Chinese relations ever since. In 2008, the House reaffirmed the TPA by a vote of 413-1.
Gere’s testimony will likely represent a bright spot in an otherwise depressing hearing: Alongside Tibet, agenda items include human rights in Myanmar and North Korea — or, more specifically, the lack thereof.