Dalai Lama lead tributes as US rights group honours Archbishop Tutu with human rights award

An American-based human rights group,, has honoured retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu with the Human Rights Global Treasure Award “in recognition of his lifelong commitment to advancing peace, equity, equality, and human rights.” introduced the award this week as the world celebrated annual Human Rights Day throughout a digital occasion from the group’s San Francisco headquarters within the USA. founder Darian Swig stated Tutu’s “lifetime of leadership and action is particularly timely at this moment.”

“Archbishop Tutu’s resolve and his heart can serve as a powerful guide for all of us engaged in this space in the months and years ahead.”

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Swig stated the world was on the precipice, and the trail ahead for human rights would require unconditional like to others and that Tutu was a shining instance.

“Archbishop Tutu is one of the most compassionate, unwavering and committed leaders for human rights and dignity.”

Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation chief govt Piyushi Kotecha obtained the award on behalf of the archbishop.

“Now, more than ever, it’s important that we see the common humanity in one another and understand the interconnectedness of ourselves, our communities, and our nations,” Kotecha stated.

The poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph described Tutu as a “generational radical” in the course of the award ceremony which additionally featured a dialogue on rising authoritarianism on the planet.

Four former UN High Commissioners for Human Rights: Mary Robinson, Prince Zeid Ra’advert Al Hussein, Louise Arbour, and South African jurist Navi Pillay have been the high-powered panel unpacking the difficulty.

In a video, the Dalai Lama congratulated Archbishop Tutu on receiving the Human Rights Global Treasure Award.

Tutu, who famously coined the time period ‘Rainbow Nation,’ in reference to South Africa’s numerous make-up, was bestowed the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his dedication to human rights.

Established in 2017, the award is offered on 10 December to mark Human Rights Day which commemorates today in 1948 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Charter.


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