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Archbishop joins Ben Freeth and Paul Negrut to deliver lecture on ‘Fighting Injustice Under Dictatorship’

Archbishop speaking

Wednesday 14th March 2012

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu joined a human rights activist Ben Freeth from Zimbabwe and Pastor Paul Negrut from Romania to deliver The Royal Geographical Society Lecture on ‘Fighting Injustice Under Dictatorship’. The three men told their inspirational stories, and gave an insight into living under dictatorships.

The Archbishop said: “In the face of evil we must strive to do good. The existence of dictatorship and oppression, wherever it occurs in the world, is an affront to humanity, to the principles of democracy and the rule of law”.

The Archbishop paid tribute to his mentor Archbishop of Uganda, Janani Luwum and Archbishop Oscar Romero.  Reflecting on their courage, Dr Sentamu said: “In all we do, we must face the challenging task of building a more just world.”

The Archbishop also praised Ben Freeth and his late Father-in-Law, Mike Campbell, for their courage in standing up to Robert Mugabe and his brutal regime.

Speaking about the situation in Zimbabwe, the Archbishop said: “Mugabe’s war of attrition against the Anglican Church continues – but it is his total disregard for the rule of law, his exploitation of power for personal gain, and the continued brutality of his regime, which offend most of all.  I pray that his present collaboration with the Chinese does not result in the surrender of the minerals and fertile land of Zimbabwe, which could restore that ravaged country. The people of Zimbabwe have paid a high price”.

The  Archbishop's lecture is available to read in full here.

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