Desmond Tutu

A free Liu Xiaobo will be less of a headache for Beijing

Liu Xiaobo

Communists are supposed to be unsentimental realists who care only about outcomes and results. So even judging by the ethics-free standard of pure realpolitik, the jailing of dissident and Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo has been a complete disaster for Beijing.

Friday, 1 March, 2013, 3:32am 7 comments

Chinese writers, Nobel winners call for Liu Xiaobo's release

China refused to allow Liu Xiaobo to attend the Nobel ceremony in Oslo in 2010 – where he was represented instead by an empty chair. Photo: AFP

More than 40 high-profile Chinese writers, lawyers and activists have sent an open letter to the new leader of the Communist Party Xi Jinping, urging him to free jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

UN aims to end child marriage by 2030

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photo: AP

Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu said on Thursday he is as committed to abolishing child marriage around the globe as he was to fighting apartheid in South Africa.

Tutu made his remarks at the launch of UN campaign to end child marriage by 2030, in a bid to free girls from poverty, ignorance and oppression at the hands of their husbands.

12 Oct 2012 - 3:24pm

Who said it?

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor

I said to my friends: 'Now I know what it means to pass a day like you pass a year!'

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, on her feelings at the end of her first month as Chief Secretary


China's leadership has one primary objective: how do we continue without any convulsions

11 Jun 2015 - 4:33pm

Try Blair and Bush over lies to start Iraq war, Desmond Tutu urges

Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu called yesterday for British ex-leader Tony Blair and former US president George W. Bush to face trial in The Hague for their role in the Iraq war.

3 Sep 2012 - 5:16am