"If you have double standards, you undermine the morality and integrity of human rights." Mary Robinson
In the first of a two-part interview with Mayumi Yoshinari for Chuo-Koron, Martti Ahtisaari and Mary Robinson discuss climate justice, impunity and the ICC, their approaches to international conflict mediation, and more.
The Elders welcome commitment towards peace by Sudan and South Sudan, after the two countries reached agreements on oil, trade, a demilitarised buffer zone, and protections for the welfare and safety of their people. They urge leaders of both nations to build on the momentum by resolving the remaining issues.
While in Cyprus, Desmond Tutu spoke to Christiana Voniati from POLITIS newspaper. During the interview, he tells her about his reasons for visiting Cyprus, the importance of dealing with the past when resolving conflicts, and what, if any, place there is for a truth and reconciliation process on the island.
Shortly before returning to Cyprus with his fellow Elders Lakhdar Brahimi and Gro Brundtland, Desmond Tutu argues in Havadis that both sides must take advantage of the opportunity for peace and unity before it is lost.
Following the results of the parliamentary elections in northern Cyprus, Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter and Lakhdar Brahimi argue that time is running out on the best chance in thirty years for a settlement on the island. This article first appeared in Today's Zaman, The Cyprus Mail and The Guatemala Times.
The Elders are independent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.