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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.
During the May 20 Elie Wiesel Foundation dinner, George Clooney announced an expansion to the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), an initiative he co-founded three years ago with fellow board member John Prendergast. While it will continue to use satellite imagery to monitor and warn against human rights abuses in war-torn Sudan and South Sudan, SSP will expand its work in reaction to the changes in modern conflicts. As conflicts in Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, and the surrounding region become more linked with regional criminal networks, SSP will widen its focus to undertake forensic investigations to reveal how those committing mass atrocities are funding their activities and where they are hiding their stolen assets.
"Zimbabwean immigration officials barred the United Nations' torture investigator from entering their country and returned him to South Africa Thursday, an act he termed a 'serious diplomatic incident' that reflects a split in the coalition government.
'There are certainly some parts of the government who do not want me to assess the current conditions of torture,' Manfred Nowak angrily told reporters in Johannesburg upon arrival from Zimbabwe."
"Hybrid courts with Sudanese and foreign judges should investigate violence in Sudan's Darfur region, a report by ex-South Africa leader Thabo Mbeki says."
"Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his disappointment that the invitation extended by the Zimbabwean Government to the United Nations independent expert on torture was suddenly revoked yesterday."
"US President Barack Obama formally renewed US sanctions on Sudan on Tuesday under his new strategy of keeping up pressure while offering incentives to the Khartoum government."
"A major rebel group on Tuesday rejected an African Union report on solving the six-year conflict in Darfur.
The report by a panel of African 'wise men,' headed by former South African President Thabo Mbeki, recommended the establishment of a special court, including foreign judges, to try those charged with atrocities in Darfur."