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Subject: Harrison Ford testimony
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Celebrities
Asked by: gary56-ga
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Posted: 07 Aug 2002 08:55 PDT
Expires: 06 Sep 2002 08:55 PDT
Question ID: 51758
Has Harrison Ford ever given testimony before Congress?  What about,
and where can I get a copy?
Subject: Re: Harrison Ford testimony
Answered By: secret901-ga on 07 Aug 2002 09:21 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Yes, my search on Lexis-Nexis turned up one testimony that Harrison
Ford has given before Congress since 1988:
Thursday, September 7, 1995 with his wife: BEFORE THE SENATE FOREIGN
regarding Tibet (his wife Melissa Mathison is on the Board of
Directors of the International Campaign for Tibet)

Since his testimony is public information, I shall post it here:

Mr. Chairman, 

It is a great honor for me to be here today and to participate in this
important hearing on Tibet.

I would like to salute you for the tremendous support you and your
colleagues have provided His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the people of
Tibet. This is not something that has gone unnoticed by the American
people . The Tibetan struggle is no ordinary freedom struggle. The
courageous men and women in Tibet have chosen the path laid out by
their leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It is a path of non-
violence-- a path that too few peoples around the world have dared to

As an American who cares deeply about justice, freedom and democracy,
I can tell you that this is a cause that touches at the core of our
own values. It is about the survival of a people who seek only to
democratically determine their own government, to have the freedom to
practice their own religion without interference, and to bring up
their children in a safe environment where they can be proud of their
unique heritage.

I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my own
experiences in Tibet, although you will hear about our trip there from
my wife, Melissa. But I would like to take this Opportunity to
introduce to you a man of remarkable courage. A man who has risked his
life to bring information about the suffering of the Tibetan people to
the outside world, Mr. Gendun Rinchen.

Three years ago Melissa and I traveled to Tibet. Our tour guide was an
outstanding man, Gendun Rinchen. One year later, Gendun was arrested
and detained for attempting to provide information about human rights
in Tibet to a visiting delegation. He was charged with stealing state
secrets, but was released after eight months because of intense
international pressure.

He will tell his own story. But, I would like to impress upon you the
dedication and courage of this man, who under impossible
circumstances, contributed enormously to educating the world about the
brutal Chinese occupation of Tibet and the effect it is having on the
Tibetan people.

As we appear before you today, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is in this
country, speaking to students, business leaders and Americans from all
walks of life for whom his message of peace, compassion and
non-violence resonates deeply. I would also like to take this
opportunity to encourage you to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
when he is in Washington next week and to urge the President to also
meet with this man of peace. His Holiness is a great man; to meet with
him brings dignity to America and to us all.

Thank you for this opportunity to appear before you today.

His wife's testimony may be of interest, but it is a bit longer.  If
you want to see his wife's testimony, please let me know and I shall
post it.

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Search Strategy:
I searched in Lexis-Nexis' Congressional Universe for the witness name
"Harrison Ford"

Clarification of Answer by secret901-ga on 07 Aug 2002 22:39 PDT
Oops, when I say "wife," I mean ex-wife.
gary56-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
This is wonderful.  Thank you.

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