Condolence message from our co-chairs Pervin Buldan and Mithat Sancar on the passing of Desmond Tutu.
We have learned with great sorrow of the death Archbishop Desmond Tutu, of South Arica, who had become a symbol of the world struggle for freedom, justice and peace, as well as a winner of the Nobel peace prize.
Tutu, who, together with Nelson Mandela, played such an important role in abolishing the apartheid regime in South Africa, and who chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, continued his uninterrupted advocacy of all oppressed peoples and social segments until the end of his life.
He responded to the Kurdish struggle for freedom and peace with all kinds of support, which he offered with his graceful humility. We will keep Desmond Tutu alive in our memory and our struggle as a historical figure and a valuable friend, who stood by the marginalized against the cruel not only with his words but also with his actions.
As we reaffirm our commitment to Desmond Tutu's ideals of freedom, justice and peace, we extend our condolences to all his friends and to the peoples of South Africa.
Pervin Buldan & Mithat Sancar
27 December 2021