October 17, 2005

Rights activist and ex-Greenpeace head Wuori dies

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Top Finnish lawyer and human rights
campaigner Matti Wuori, who was chairman of Greenpeace in the
1990s and advised South Africa's truth commission, has died.

Wuori died in Helsinki on Saturday of lung cancer, aged 60,
his office said.

He was a member of the European Parliament's green group
for five years from 1999 and combined serving as an MEP with
campaigning for greater democracy in the EU.

A prominent environmental activist, Wuori was chairman of
Greenpeace International from 1991 to 1993.

He was a special adviser from 1996 to 1998 to South
Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was chaired
by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Desmond Tutu to probe apartheid-era

Wuori, who spoke five languages and read 13, wrote several
books, including a critical essay "Faust's Dream" and "The Deck
Chairs of the Titanic."

He also played a cameo role as a lawyer in the Finnish
comedy-drama "The Man Without a Past," which won the Grand Prix
at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002.