Og det er endda sket flere gange på det seneste, at den 80-årige Nobelpris-tager, Desmond Tutu, fra Sydafrika har gjort sig heldigt bemærket:
- Tutu vil bekæmpe børneægteskaber
- Tutu har fordømt Iran for behandligen af bahaier, der nægtes adgang til højere uddannelse. Lærere med bahai-tro arresteres, hvis de underviser
- Tutu har fordømt Sydafrikas regering for at nægte Dalai Lama visum
- Tutu har fordømt Irans regering for dødsdommen over præsten, Yusef Nadarkhani, der anklages for apostasi
Tutu describes ‘passion’ to stop child marriage
September 21, 2011
Archbishop Desmond Tutu said Wednesday he is as passionate about fighting the widespread practice of child marriage as he was when he helped bring down apartheid in South Africa.
“My passion (that) now I hope to translate, transfer to this, is the same passion, commitment that I had when I was fighting, we were fighting, against apartheid,” Tutu told a conference in New York, where activists spoke out against the estimated 10 million marriages of underage girls around the world each year.
Mere HER i The Vacouver Sun. Kan også ses hos AFP Google Hosted her. Lidt kortere version her i The New Age.
Iran’s War Against Knowledge — An Open Letter to the International Academic Community
Desmond Tutu and José Ramos-Horta – September 25, 2011
The forward progress of humankind in the last centuries has been fueled, more than any other factor, by increasing access to information, more rapid exchange of ideas, and in most parts of the world, universal education.
Freedom of education and freedom of information are integral to freedom of thought. Few advances have been made for humankind which were not preceded by new ways of looking at our world and new schools of thought.
Mere HER i Huffington Post. Det er anden gang inden for to år, at Sydafrika har nægtet Dalai Lama visum, skriver Foreign Policy:
South Africa: Tutu blasts ANC over Dalai Lama visa
By Donna Bryson – Oct. 4, 2011
Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu, an anti-apartheid hero often described as South Africa’s conscience, slammed the ANC-led government Tuesday as “disgraceful” and said it is worse than the country’s former oppressive white regime for not issuing a visa to the Dalai Lama.
The African National Congress responded by calling Tutu’s comparisons to the apartheid regime and to toppled Arab dictatorships “very unfortunate and totally misplaced,” and said the government should be given time to explain its actions.
Mere HER i The Statesman. Global News her. MSNBC her.
Apostasy – Tutu asks Iran to free pastor
October 9, 2011
Cape Town – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on Sunday called on Iran to free a pastor who faces the death penalty for refusing to give up Christianity and return to Islam.
“I would like to appeal to the Iranian authorities to free Yusef Nadarkhani, and allow him and all other members of minority religions in Iran to worship God,” Tutu said in a statement.
“Forcing anybody to renounce his or her faith is an utter violation of our universal human and religious values, and a renunciation of God,” Tutu said.
Mere HER hos News24. Den næste artikel er en påmindelse om, at Tutu ikke altid er så heldig med sine udtalelser:
Arch-enemies: What’s not to like about Desmond Tutu?
Katharine Child – Oct 07 2011
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who turned 80 on Friday, has been awarded the Nobel peace prize, led South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and even donated DNA to the Human Genome Project.
But as with any leader, he has earned himself his fair share of critics along the way.
The ANC government, for example, has often found itself squirming under the glare of his criticism — President Jacob Zuma’s administration, currently the subject of Tutu’s wrath for delaying the issuing of an entry visa to the Dalai Lam until it was too late for the Tibetan spiritual leader to attend the cleric’s birthday celebrations, is not the first: Run-ins with Zuma’s predecessor, former president Thabo Mbeki, were not unknown.
Mere HER hos Mail & Guardian Online. Kan også læses her hos Afrika.no.
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