Peter Tatchell

International Human Rights Campaigner

Biography

Peter Tatchell has been campaigning for human rights for over 40 years, on issues of democracy, civil liberties, social equality, environmental protection, peace and global justice.

His political inspirations are Mahatma Gandhi, Sylvia Pankhurst, Martin Luther King and, to some extent, Malcolm X.

He began his human rights campaigning in 1967, against the death penalty and for Aboriginal rights in his homeland of Australia.

From 1971, he was a leading activist in the Gay Liberation Front in London.

Peter was the defeated Labour candidate in the 1983 Bermondsey by-election.

He co-founded the queer rights group OutRage! in 1990.

OutRage! outed 10 Anglican bishops in 1994, accusing them of hypocrisy for publicly endorsing the church’s homophobic stance. Four years later, he interrupted the Easter Sermon of the Archbishop of Canterbury in protest at Dr Carey’s support for laws that discriminate against queers.

In 1999, in London, he ambushed the motorcade of the Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe; attempting a citizen’s arrest on charges of torture. A repeat attempt in Brussels in 2001 resulted in him being beaten unconscious by Mugabe’s bodyguards, which left him with permanent minor brain injuries.

Two years later, he ambushed and halted Tony Blair’s motorcade in protest at the Iraq war. He was bashed by neo-Nazis and arrested at the Moscow Gay Pride parade in 2007.

Over two decades ago, he warned of the dangers of global warming, resource depletion, species extinction and environmental degradation.

He campaigns for economic democracy, the replacement of the monarchy with an elected head of state, a UN Human Rights Convention enforceable worldwide, and a 10% reduction on military spending to fund the eradication of global hunger, illiteracy and preventable diseases.

In 2009, he won Campaigner of the Year at the Observer Ethical Awards.

He is the Green Party’s human rights spokesperson.

For more info about Peter’s campaigns: www.petertatchell.net
To make a donation: http://www.petertatchell.net/donate.htm
A detailed biography is here: http://www.petertatchell.net/biography.htm

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