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This op-ed was originally published in The New York Times, and co-authored by board members George Clooney and John Prendergast.
In the early 2000s, a brutal conflict in western Sudan between the government and rebels led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Darfuris, with millions displaced as refugees. In 2004, the United States declared Sudan’s actions a genocide.
After that spike in attention and concern, the world has largely forgotten about Darfur. Unfortunately, the government of Sudan has not.
This op-ed was originally published on VICE, and co-authored by board members George Clooney and John Prendergast.
Under the cover of darkness, in a world whose attention is diverted by more camera-accessible crises in Ukraine, Syria, and the Central African Republic (CAR), the Sudan government has revived and intensified its genocidal strategy in the main war zones of Sudan. No media is allowed. The few aid organizations still permitted to operate there are under strict agreement to do so quietly. And the United Nations mission in Darfur has recently been implicated in a broad institutional cover-up of both the scale of devastation, and of the Sudan government’s direct role in creating the crisis.
"The United States, although embarking on a new policy of engagement, will not lift its sanctions on Burma unless its ruling generals make concrete progress toward democratic reform, a senior US diplomat said Thursday."
"Zimbabwe has escaped suspension from the Kimberly process--the certification scheme which regulates the sale of so-called blood diamonds."
"The viability of an effort endorsed by the United Nations to halt the trading of the so-called blood diamonds that have fueled conflicts across Africa is on the line this week, and the test case is Zimbabwe."
"Southern African leaders will hold talks tomorrow on the political impasse in Zimbabwe, amid calls by human-rights activists to press President Robert Mugabe’s party to end rights abuses."
"Two senior US envoys have held separate talks with Burmese Prime Minister Thein Sein and detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi."