Desmond Tutu

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Desmond Tutu: I Want Option of Assisted Death

'Dying people should have the right to choose,' writes archbishop

(Newser) - On the same day that 2016's Nobel Peace Prize winner was announced , another Nobel laureate is making headlines with an opinion piece in the Washington Post —on making peace with life's end. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the South African activist who for years fought tirelessly for civil rights,... More »

Desmond Tutu's Daughter Leaves Church Over Gay Marriage

Reverend Mpho Tutu-Van Furth married a woman in December

(Newser) - The daughter of Africa's most famous archbishop is leaving the priesthood over her marriage to a woman. The Washington Post reports Reverend Mpho Tutu-Van Furth, daughter of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Desmond Tutu, married Marceline Furth in December. Same-sex marriage was legalized in South Africa in 2006, but the... More »

Nobel Laureates to Obama: Open Up on CIA Torture

Desmond Tutu, José Ramos-Horta lead charge for transparency

(Newser) - Twelve Nobel Peace Prize winners have penned a letter to President Obama that asks their fellow laureate to open up a "grim chapter" in US history: the use of torture. The open letter on—chaired by former East Timor President José Ramos-Horta—appeals to the president to... More »

A Tiny David Sues the World's Nuclear Goliaths

Marshall Islands call for justice in non-proliferation treaty

(Newser) - The world's nuclear powers are getting hauled into international court by a tiny challenger. The Marshall Islands are suing the nine nuke-equipped countries in nine cases in the Hague—though the case against the US was also filed in a San Francisco federal court, Reuters reports. The Islands hold... More »

Mandela's Body Arrives in Home Village as Tutu 'Snubbed'

Retired archbishop says he was not invited to tomorrow's funeral

(Newser) - Nelson Mandela's body arrived in his home village of Qunu today ahead of a funeral and burial tomorrow, the AP reports. The hearse carrying his casket was escorted by throngs of police, military, and other vehicles after being flown from the South African capital on a military plane. Many... More »

Desmond Tutu's Home Robbed —He Was at Mandela Service

Thieves take advantage in South Africa

(Newser) - A low blow: Police in South Africa say retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu's home was robbed while he was away to attend Nelson Mandela's memorial service. A statement from the South African Police Service said the robbery of Tutu's home in Cape Town happened between 7 and 9pm... More »

Wait, American Lives Are Worth More Than Others'?

Desmond Tutu compares US drone mindset to apartheid, slavery

(Newser) - Desmond Tutu has unloaded on the Obama White House in a letter to the editor in the New York Times , drawing a parallel to the US war on terror with both slavery and apartheid. Tutu was set off by a story this week saying the US might set up a... More »

EU Accepts Peace Prize Amid Protest

Former winners, local demonstrators slam award

(Newser) - The European Union officially received the Nobel Peace Prize today in an Oslo ceremony attended by some 20 EU leaders, including Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande, and UK deputy PM Nick Clegg. The prize committee applauded the EU's efforts toward peace in Europe after World War II, and called leaders... More »

Desmond Tutu: Haul Bush, Blair in for ICC Trial

Pair behaved 'like playground bullies' in falsely starting Iraq war

(Newser) - Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu says Tony Blair and George Bush should face prosecution at the International Criminal Court for their role in the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. Tutu, the retired Anglican Church's archbishop of South Africa, wrote in an op-ed piece for the Observer today that... More »

South Africa Blocks Dalai Lama Visit

Desmond Tutu slams ANC after visa denied

(Newser) - The Dalai Lama helped in the fight against apartheid but now South Africa won't even allow him in, a furious Archbishop Desmond Tutu charged yesterday. The Tibetan spiritual leader canceled a planned trip to South Africa this week after it became apparent that he would not receive a visa... More »

Retiring Desmond Tutu: 'Justice Will Prevail'

He says God is 'biased in favor of the weak'

(Newser) - South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu turns 79 today and is retiring from public life to spend more time with family and friends. In an interview with Time , he shares some of what he's learned: On good and evil, he's found "that in spite of all the horror of injustice... More »

Medals of Freedom Will Go to Milk, Kennedy, Poitier

(Newser) - This year's Medal of Freedom recipients share a capacity to change the world, President Obama said today in naming the eclectic group. Among the 16 honorees are Sen. Ted Kennedy, slain gay-rights activist Harvey Milk, actor Sidney Poitier, tennis great Billie Jean King, and retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day... More »

Burma Will Allow Diplomats to Visit Suu Kyi

Dictatorship also opens trial to media after global outcry

(Newser) - Burma's ruling junta will take the unusual step of allowing diplomats to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader currently on trial, reports CNN. Officials from Russia, Singapore, and Thailand are expected to meet Suu Kyi later today. On the third day of the trial, the government allowed... More »

Peace Meeting Called Off Over Dalai Lama Ban

South Africa stands firm as Nobel winner Tutu, others protest

(Newser) - South Africa’s decision to bar the Dalai Lama from entering the country has scuttled this week’s scheduled conference for Nobel laureates, the BBC reports. Laureates were to discuss how next year’s soccer World Cup could fight racism and xenophobia, but homegrown winners Desmond Tutu and FW de... More »

South Africa Bars Dalai Lama From Peace Conference

Move outrages fellow Nobel laureates

(Newser) - One notable Nobel laureate won’t be at this week’s peace conference in South Africa: The Dalai Lama. South Africa has denied the Tibetan spiritual leader entry, bowing to pressure from trading partner China, the Times of London reports. The Nobel laureates organizing the event are outraged, with Archbishop... More »

Tutu Urges Obama to Apologize for Iraq

Don't disappoint world after winning election, says ex-archbishop

(Newser) - Desmond Tutu says Barack Obama's election made him want "to jump and dance and shout," and he's encouraging the new president to apologize for the invasion of Iraq. Obama “could easily squander the goodwill that his election generated if he disappoints,” the Nobel Peace Prize winner... More »

Tutu Pleads for End to Immigrant Attacks

Archbishop issues impassioned call for South Africans to end rampage

(Newser) - Archbishop Desmond Tutu pleaded yesterday with his South African countrymen to end a vicious surge of anti-immigrant violence that has killed at least 22 people, AP reports. Extra police were sent to squatter camps as roaming mobs continued to stab, beat and burn immigrant workers in some of the worst... More »

Tutu 'Hopeful' About Kenya Mediation

Opposition calls for new election as condemnation grows

(Newser) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has said he is open to the possibility of a coalition government—if the opposition consents to his terms, Reuters reports. South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu said after a meeting with Kibaki that "there is a great deal of hope" in ongoing talks and that... More »

Kenyan Police Block Protest With Tear Gas

Tutu meets with Odinga; rally called off to avert bloodshed

(Newser) - Kenyan riot police unleashed tear gas and water cannons on protesters attempting to gather in a Nairobi park for a rally for Raila Odinga, the Kenyan presidential candidate who disputes his narrow defeat in last week's election. The Times of London reports that Odinga called off his "people's rally"... More »

Darfur Rebels Kill at Least 10 Peacekeepers in Raid

Rebels attack African Union base

(Newser) - An overnight rebel attack on the African Union's base in Darfur has left at least 10 soldiers dead and 50 others missing in the bloodiest incident the peacekeeping force has seen since its 2003 inception. Some 30 rebel vehicles stormed and pillaged the base, but rebel sources told the BBC... More »

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