Date: Dec 26, 2021 Type: Country:

South Africa: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was a beacon of light for the human rights movement

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was a beacon of light for the human rights movement in South Africa and globally, and his death is a huge loss, Amnesty International South Africa said.

“His commitment to equality and rights for all served as a much needed moral compass during the turbulent apartheid era. Even after South Africa obtained freedom in 1994, the Archbishop continued to be an outspoken, passionate human rights activist” Amnesty International South Africa Executive Director Shenilla Mohamed said.

“He was never afraid to call out human rights violators no matter who they were and his legacy must be honoured by continuing his work to ensure equality for all.”

Amnesty International South Africa sends its condolences to the Archbishop’s wife, Mam Leah Tutu, his family and friends at this sad time.

Background

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu died in Cape Town at the age of 90 on 26 December 2021.

He was the last surviving South African laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact:

Genevieve Quintal, Media and Communications Officer, Amnesty International South Africa: +27 (0)64 890 9224; genevieve.quintal@amnesty.org.za