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Sudanese Atrocities As Seen By George Clooney (VIDEO)

Sudanese Atrocities As Seen By George Clooney (VIDEO)

 

Before he was arrested Friday for protesting in front of the Sudanese embassy, Hollywood star George Clooney gave a firsthand account of the daily atrocities occurring on the border between Sudan and South Sudan to a US Senate committee.

Clooney recently returned from an eight day trip in which he and a small team of fellow activists gained access to one of the most volatile border areas, the Nuba mountains.

He gathered video footage, shown to the committee, (see it below) in which he is seen standing near the injured and the dead.

In his testimony, Clooney accused Sudan president Omar al-Bashir of orchestrating daily aerial bombardments which have forced thousands of people to take refuge in caves in the Nuba mountains. According to reports, hundreds have been killed.

When South Sudan gained its independence last year, the Nuba region ended up north of the border, despite the fact that it has traditional ties to the south.  Clooney said that the region is becoming the new Darfur.

It is a campaign of murder and fear and displacement and starvation.

Religion is not an issue. In the camps, you will find Christians and Muslims hiding together.

Omar al-Bashir is under indictment by the International Criminal Court for war crimes as part of an investigation into atrocities in Darfur, however so far no nation has been willing to enforce the warrant for his arrest.

China has been a huge investor in Sudan, particularly in oil, and Clooney suggested China could be a key player. He asked the Senate to persuade the Chinese to help with the Sudan dispute.

We need to use this opportunity to work in tandem with the Chinese to solve these cross-border issues.

Not by using guilt, not by appealing to humanitarian interest, but simply for good solid economic reasons for both of us. Let’s send a high-level envoy to China to work together on this.

Let’s use the techniques we’ve learned from chasing terrorists, and find and freeze the offshore bank accounts of these war criminals. They are not buying these weapons with Sudanese pounds.

Let’s work with the international community to toughen the sanctions, make Khartoum a very lonely place.

Clooney is also meeting with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week.

Watch: Sen. Tom Udall asks George Clooney and John Prendergast, co-founders of the Satellite Sentinel Project, which uses satellite imagery to give early warning on war crimes, about atrocities committed in Sudan at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:

In a recent trip across the Sudanese border into rebel-held territory in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains, George Clooney witnessed rocket attacks and the effects of aerial bombardment by the Sudanese regime against the Nuban people. This trip diary was written and directed by George Clooney in the field with the Enough Project.

Warning: Some images may be disturbing.

 

Visit www.EnoughProject.org for more information.

 

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1:32PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

George Clooney is trying to help poor people that are in desperate need. People that have next to nothing. Unlike some people, he is thinking of others and not himself. He is doing a wonderful thing, by trying to make things better for these people. God Bless all these people and God Bless George Clooney!!!!!!!!!!!

5:31AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Thanks for the article.

7:11AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

Kudos to George Clooney. It's great that he uses his celebrity status for the welfare of others in this way.

11:35PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Kudo's to George Clooney who is not just beautiful o the outside but on the inside too. If each of us would do just one thing to make the world a better place how long do you think it would take to improve the lives of many?

3:09PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Quando os direitos humanos são violados, por causa da raça, da cor, da religião ou do grupo, toda e qualquer lei deixa de ter razão. Só uma lei conta: a do mais forte. A partir daí todos os valores humanos são esquecidos e ultrajados. Tem a palavra aquele que procura Justiça.

2:44PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

thanks for sharing!!

11:14AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

hats off to George. thank you for bringing this matter to the forefront so that something can be done to stop theses atrocities

10:28AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Eu estou com George Clooney um activista dos direitos humanos basta com estes massacres de pessoas inocentes no Sudão o governo deste pais que seja condenado por crimes contra a humanidade Eu apoio a sua equipe de pessoas trabalhado para parar com isso

3:18AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

WHY HAS THIS TRAGEDY BEEN QUIET FOR SO LONG? con't

I noted that the ICRC spends more money, maintains more offices and clinics, and commits
more personnel to aiding Palestinians than it does for all of North Africa and East Asia combined or all of South America and the Caribbean combined.

Political, diplomatic, and economic power for Indonesia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Russia,
and China translate into diplomatic protection from the UN, Arab League, Organization
of the Islamic Conference, Organization of African Unity, and European Union.

Source: Proportionality Problem with Human Rights NGOs, Don Habibi (in Cushman: Handbook of Human Rights)

3:16AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

WHY HAS THIS TRAGEDY BEEN QUIET FOR SO LONG?

The UN and the Arab League protected the Sudanese regime, …

20. The UNCHR took up the issue at the 2004 session, while the ethnic cleansing continued, and the government of Sudan did all it could to delay and deny access to the Commission’s special rapporteur. There was no naming and shaming of Sudan—arguably the world’s worst human rights serial offender—which sat on the 53-member committee. The UN’s top human rights forum could only manage a softly worded draft resolution of concern, which was welcomed and supported by Sudan. See 2004 UNCHR Sudan Draft Decision, April 23, 2004. The resolution passed with the overwhelming support of fifty nations—opposed only by the US, with Australia and the Ukraine abstaining.

21. The Arabization of Southern and Western Sudan and despoiling of the indigenous populations is supported or condoned by the twenty-one other members of the Arab League. Mauritania, for example, is also waging a race war against Black Africans. See “Mauritania’s campaign of terror: State-sponsored repression of black Africans,” Bayles (1999: Ch. 3). For criticisms of the UN, the Arab League, and the Organization of Islamic Conference, see Slim (2004; HRW 1994) 812, 823f).

Source: Journal of Human Rights, 6:3–35, 2007 ISSN: 1475-4835 print / 1475-4843 online
Human Rights and Politicized Human Rights: Unitarian Critique by DON A. HABIBI

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