Conflict Resolution

Archbishop Tutu’s address on acceptance of the 2014 Premi Internacional Catalunya, in Barcelona – 3 June 2014

“Good people are rising to challenge injustice” Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu dedicated the 2014 Catalonia International Prize to a “diverse, multi-cultural, multi-national, multi-skilled” group of socially conscious activists he has been privileged to work with over the years. The Premi Internacional Catalunya is awarded annually by the Government of Catalonia to people who have contributed

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Archbishop Tutu’s address at the First Nations conference in Fort McMurray, Alberta – 31 May 2014

“As Long as the Rivers Flow: Coming Back to the Treaty Relationship in our Time” I feel truly privileged to be here among you… for the opportunities to absorb some of your ancient knowledge and see first-hand some of the havoc being wrought on our shared earth in the quest to feed humanity’s insatiable thirst

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Archbishop Tutu’s Easter message to the people of Central African Republic – 20 April 2014

Statement by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu CAPE TOWN: While the Central African Republic has experienced more than its fair share of coups, power grabs, authoritarianism and corruption since throwing off the shackles of colonial rule in 1960, the country’s Christian and Muslim citizens have to a great extent lived in a state of impoverished harmony.

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Archbishop Tutu welcomes Basque Peace Progress – 19 March 2014

Statement from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu CAPE TOWN: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has welcomed the announcement by Basque separatist movement, ETA, that it is to disable its arms stockpile, and encouraged the ETA and Spanish Government to intensify their work to create conditions for sustainable harmony and reconciliation in the region. “Peace processes by nature

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Archbishop Tutu adds voice to Israeli apartheid week – 9 March 2014

Statement issued by the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation “People who are denied their dignity and rights deserve the solidarity of their fellow human beings. Those who turn a blind eye to injustice actually perpetuate injustice. If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor,” Archbishop Emeritus

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Archbishop Tutu’s plea to President Museveni over Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill – 23 February 2014

Archbishop Tutu’s plea to President Museveni over Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill When President Museveni and I spoke last month, he gave his word that he would not let the Anti-Homosexuality Bill become law in Uganda. I was therefore very disheartened to hear last week that President Museveni was re-considering his position. In a statement released on

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Arch signs open letter to President Putin to show Olympic leadership over Syria – 7 February 2014

Sir, The Sochi Winter Olympics will deliver a dazzling spectacle, breathtaking athleticism and shimmering winter beauty. We will witness extreme feats of human bravery and see in the faces of the world’s best athletes the sheer tenacity and commitment that has gone into training for the games. Only 1,000 miles away, a very different spectacle

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Statement by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Patron of the Christmas Truce and Flanders Peace Field Initiative – 4 February 2013

On the occasion of the launch of the Christmas Truce and Flanders Peace Field programme, let me begin by sending my warmest greetings to Commissioner-General Paul Breyne; representatives of the Federal and Flemish Governments; the Governor of West Flanders; representatives of the European Union; Ambassadors and representatives of the Diplomatic Corp; the Mayor of Messines,

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Geneva peace talks urged to prioritise protection of Syria’s children – 21 January 2014

An open letter to participants at the Geneva 2 Peace Talks… “With the parties in Syria’s conflict meeting in Geneva tomorrow, we believe the time has come to urgently focus on the plight of children. Over 11,000 Syrian children have already lost their lives. From the shelling of residential areas to attacks on schools and

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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu joins global call to free Palestinian political prisoners – 27 October 2013

I am proud to associate myself with the global campaign for the freedom of Marwan Barghouthi and other Palestinian political prisoners. I congratulate Mr Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 27 years of his life as a political prisoner in South Africa, for personally leading this initiative. He is a man of steely principle and compassion for

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