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last update: june 10th, 2010

june 10th, 2010

Board Members George Clooney and John Prendergast Joint Op-Ed: "U.S. must help stop Sudan's slow-motion war"

"The largest conventional war on the face of the earth in 2011 will occur in Sudan unless bold diplomacy led by the U.S. prevents it. The most dangerous tripwire will be in seven months, when southern Sudanese will vote to determine whether the South splits off and forms a new country. Some ruling party officials don't want to give up the oil-rich South without a fight. Southerners spilled a great deal of blood to win the right to opt out of Sudan, and they will keep fighting until they have their own state. The last North/South war that ended in 2005 cost more than 2 million lives, and the Darfur conflict in Sudan's West has claimed over 300,000 more. Massive death tolls are the result of war tactics — principally by the government — that target civilians. Communities throughout Sudan have fought an authoritarian government to share in the country's power and wealth."

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april 20th, 2010

Not On Our Watch Grant to U.S. Fund for UNICEF to Reduce Maternal Mortality in Southern Sudan

Not On Our Watch has awarded the U.S. Fund for UNICEF a grant of $250,000 to support an innovative program to reduce maternal mortality in Southern Sudan. The grant will provide motorcycle ambulances and improved maternal health care in five states of the Southern Sudan region, including Western Equatoria, Lakes, Jonglei, Western Bahr El Ghazal, and Central Equatoria.


“As the situation in Sudan grows increasingly unstable, it is imperative that the international community take action to help those most vulnerable,” said Not On Our Watch co-founder Matt Damon. “The maternal mortality rate in South Sudan is one of the highest in the world. We are proud to help UNICEF as they work to save lives, especially during this critical period.”

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last updated november 4th, 2009

november 4th, 2009

Sudan's Bashir to Visit Turkey Despite Warrant

"Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir will visit Turkey next week for the first time since an international court asked for his arrest, government sources said, in a test of Ankara's support for international justice."

november 3rd, 2009

Burmese Rohingyas Swap Suppression for Squalor

"As one of Burma's ethnic Muslim Rohingya, 45-year-old Manjurul Islam endured a lifetime of oppression before he finally fled the country for a squalid refugee camp in Bangladesh.


Described by UN officials as one of the most persecuted minorities on earth, the Rohingya are not even recognised as citizens by the Burmese junta. They have no legal right to own land and are forbidden from marrying or travelling without permission."

november 3rd, 2009

Update: US’s Campbell Visits Burma for High-Level Talks

"US State Department official Kurt Campbell became the most senior American emissary to visit Burma in 14 years today as the Obama administration aims to improve ties with the military junta."

november 3rd, 2009

Carter Center Criticizes Sudan Over Poll Arrangements

"The US-based Carter Center, which has been charged with monitoring preparations for Sudanese elections next April, criticized the Khartoum authorities on Tuesday for impeding poll observers."

november 3rd, 2009

South Sudan 'Overwhelmingly' Wants Independence: Minister

"Sudan's foreign minister said on Tuesday the country's oil-producing south 'overwhelmingly' wanted to declare independence in a looming referendum."

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