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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.
"Southern African regional leaders meet Thursday in the Mozambican capital Maputo for a summit aimed at reviving the troubled power-sharing agreement in Zimbabwe, deadlocked for nearly three weeks."
"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."