Drawing upon the voices of cultural leaders to protect and assist the vulnerable, marginalized and displaced.
Having recently returned from a trip to the Darfur region, Not On Our Watch board member George Clooney sat down at the White House on Feb. 23 with US President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden to discuss ending the genocide in Darfur. Clooney and Obama had previously teamed to engage on the crisis in Darfur. In 2006, they spoke at the Save Darfur Rally and later addressed the international media in a joint press conference, calling for the rapid deployment of United Nations peacekeepers to stop the carnage in Darfur.
“Having just returned from the region, I’ve seen the incredible hardships faced by men, women, and children as they fight to survive. Basic services including clean water, food, and medical care are in short supply for many of the country’s most vulnerable,” said Not On Our Watch co-founder Brad Pitt. “Survival in times like these continues to be against the odds. We are proud to support the work of organizations including WFP that combat these problems, and we remain hopeful that the international community will take a lead in addressing their causes in the long term.”
"Burmese Prime Minister Thein Sein has told Asian leaders the detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi can contribute to national reconciliation.
It was not clear if that meant Burma's military would allow her to take part in next year's elections."
"A senior US official will visit Burma next week in line with Washington's new policy of engaging the military-ruled Southeast Asian nation, a Foreign Ministry official said Thursday."
"Human rights violations in Burma are alarming, UN rights envoys said on Thursday."
"There has been a sharp decline in timber illegally imported into China from Burma, but smugglers are still supplying Chinese companies that export the wood to Europe, America and throughout the world, an environmental watchdog agency said Wednesday."
"Zimbabwe must not be allowed to return to instability, South African President Jacob Zuma said Wednesday after talks with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who has cut ties within his unity government."