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This op-ed, co-authored by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared in Foreign Affairs.
In July of last year, U.S. President Barack Obama gave a landmark speech at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, criticizing leaders who undemocratically change their constitutions to stay in power and emphasizing that the United States would call out such behavior. He pointed to Burundi where a few months earlier, President Pierre Nkurunziza pressured the courts to change the constitution’s term limits so that he could run for a third time. Obama warned that such a tactic could trigger “instability and strife,” as well as hamper “Africa’s democratic progress.” But his words seem to have fallen on deaf ears.
Update: the award event has concluded. You can watch the full recording at the livestream link; Clooney's remarks begin at the 2:08 mark.
Board members George Clooney and John Prendergast are in Yerevan, Armenia today, where Clooney will present the inaugural Aurora Prize, honoring an individual who puts her- or himself at risk to enable others to survive. The board members are likewise commemorating the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Click through for a link to the livestream of the award event (beginning @ 1pm EST), as well as the text of Clooney's remarks.
"Leaders of the SouthernAfrican Development Community assembled for a summit Monday in the Democratic Republic of Congo decided not to examine progress by Zimbabwe's national unity government and discuss issues that continue to trouble power-sharing in Harare, but will hold an extraordinary summit in a few weeks focused exclusively on Zimbabwe."
"A member of Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party has been beaten to death by soldiers for playing a song praising the premier, his Movement for Democratic Change said Tuesday."
"Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai called Tuesday on southern African nations to step up monitoring of his power-sharing deal with President Robert Mugabe."
"A Burmese court today offered a glimmer of hope that the country's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, could be set free after it accepted an appeal by her lawyers."
"The party of Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday it was hopeful that she would be unconditionally released after a court agreed to hear an appeal against her recent conviction."