Archbishop Desmond Tutu Passes Away – Voiced Support For MEK’s Camp Ashraf
On December 26, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s “moral compass” and anti-apartheid leader, passed away. He was also a Nobel Peace Prize winner who spent years of his life-fighting apartheid in South Africa. In a statement, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said, “the passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa.”
He was especially supportive of the Iranian Resistance
Throughout his life, Archbishop Tutu advocated for human rights and principles such as peace. Archbishop Tutu stood for the Iranian people and their Resistance in the most trying times because of his heritage and ideals.
He was especially supportive of members of the Iranian Resistance who were being attacked by Iran’s puppet government in Baghdad in Camp Ashraf, Iraq.
“I join the UNHCR, the EU, other countries around the world, human rights organizations, and individuals in strongly condemning Iraqi forces’ violent attacks against the defenseless and unarmed residents of Camp Ashraf on April 8th, 2011, which resulted in 35 residents being killed and hundreds more being injured,” Archbishop Tutu said in a statement following the Iraqi forces’ attack on Camp Ashraf’s residents in 2011.
AFP: Tutu was never afraid to speak the truth
In a statement to the Iranian Resistance’s annual “Free Iran” protest in 2010, Archbishop Tutu prayed for the “light of human rights, human dignity, and human justice to shine brightly on all nations.”
“The struggle for human rights and dignity in Iran has reawakened today. Despite grave threats, the Iranian people are telling their government and the rest of the world that they want to reclaim their proper place as champions of human rights, justice, and peace,” his statement stated.
During the 2009 uprising, Archbishop Tutu likewise condemned the Iranian regime’s violence against Iranian demonstrators.
According to the French News Agency, Archbishop Tutu was “never afraid to speak truth to power, whatever its creed or color.”
The Iranian Resistance and people have lost a dear friend, and the Iranian Resistance and people extend their heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.
Archbishop Tutu always promoted human rights and stood up for values such as peace throughout his life. Due to his background and the values, he cherished, Archbishop Tutu stood by the Iranian people and their Resistance in the most difficult times.