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Desmond Tutu’s views on the environment, gay rights and the Iraq-war: An often lonely voice for human right

Desmond Tutu’s views on the environment, gay rights and the Iraq-war: An often lonely voice for human right

Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the fall apartheid, remained a vocal and sometimes lonely voice on a range of issues throughout his life. 

Tutu, world-famous as a mediator and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, supported a range of polarizing issues including gay rights and fossil fuel disinvestment. 

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He also demanded that Western leaders be held accountable for their participation in the war in Iraq. He called the “silence” Aung San Suu Kyi is his Nobel Peace laureate. 

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