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George Clooney, Members of Congress, Human Rights and Faith Leaders Arrested Protesting at Sudanese Embassy

Date: 
Mar 16, 2012

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Allyson Neville-Morgan, United to End Genocide

anevillemorgan@endgenocide.org, 202-368-9387

Matt Brown, Enough Project

mbrown@enoughproject.org, 202-468-2925

Sudanese President's Food & Aid Blockade Threatens 500,000 Lives

Washington, D.C. – George Clooney, President of United to End Genocide and former Congressman Tom Andrews, Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA), Al Green (D-TX), Jim Moran (D-VA) and John Olver (D-MA), Martin Luther King III, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast, and other human rights and faith leaders were arrested today for civil disobedience outside of the Sudanese Embassy while protesting the escalating humanitarian emergency in Sudan that threatens the lives of 500,000 people.

These leaders demanded that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir immediately end the blockade that is preventing food and humanitarian aid from reaching the people of Sudan’s Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions. Bashir’s forces created the dire food shortage in the region—predicted by USAID to reach near-famine levels this month—by bombing fields and preventing villagers from planting crops in July and August last year.

After speaking on the steps of the embassy to hundreds of activists, members of Congress and activist leaders were asked by police to leave the scene. When the protest continued, officers arrested those who would not comply. Additional participants arrested in the civil disobedience included Nick Clooney, Jewish Council for Public Affairs President Rabbi Steve Gutow, Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism Director Rabbi David Saperstein, Jewish World Watch Executive Director Fred Kramer, and American Jewish World Service Associate Director of Policy Ian Schwab.

Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail, a Nuban leader from South Kordofan, Sudan addressed the crowd at the embassy, along with Darfuri activist and United to End Genocide Director of Global Partnerships Niemat Ahmadi, and Sudanese activist for Darfur and Enough Project Senior Advisor Omer Ismail. Dr. Richard Land, President of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and TransAfrica Forum President Nicole Lee also spoke.

“We are protesting to make sure the Sudanese government knows that the world is watching,” states Congressman Jim McGovern. “The United States Congress is watching. And we will be back again and again until they stop using food as a weapon; stop slaughtering innocent men, women and children; and stop spitting in the face of the world community.”

John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, says: “George Clooney and I just returned from the Nuba Mountains, where the Sudan government regularly bombs civilians and blocks humanitarian aid to the war-torn regions along the border with South Sudan. It is urgent that the Khartoum government allow aid access. More broadly, the window is now open for a comprehensive political settlement on all the issues that divide Sudan and South Sudan, and the U.S. is playing an important role in supporting that effort.”

“It is unacceptable and inexcusable that Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir—an internationally criminal  wanted for war crimes and genocide—is getting away with bombing, starving and displacing hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile State,” says United to End Genocide President Tom Andrews. “We need to hear the outrage from President Obama and see robust international leadership. The United States should immediately do everything in its power to get food to the region before people starve and increase sanctions on Bashir and his forces.”

“We should not allow the tragedy of Darfur to be repeated. Hundreds of thousands of people died before the international community and United States took action. The question for the people in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile is will the U.S. government act now, or will the response be too little, too late,” states United to End Genocide Director of Global Partnerships Niemat Ahmadi who is originally from Darfur, Sudan.

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The Save Darfur Coalition and Genocide Intervention Network are now United to End Genocide. The organization remains committed to its work to end the crisis in Darfur and bring peace to all of Sudan as well as to end violence in other areas of mass atrocities.  United to End Genocide is building the largest activist organization in America dedicated to ending genocide and mass atrocities worldwide, with a membership base of hundreds of thousands of committed activists, an unparalleled nationwide student movement, more than 190 faith-based, advocacy and human rights partner organizations, and a network of institutional investors collectively representing more than $3 trillion in assets under management.

Building on Momentum of Kony 2012, U.S. Reps Introduce New LRA Bill

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Enough Project Media Advisory: Beyond Kony 2012

Date: 
Mar 15, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Matt Brown, mbrown@enoughproject.org, +1-202-468-2925

Please Note: Enough Policy Analyst Ashley Benner and Enough Policy Consultant Sasha Lezhnev are available for interviews about the LRA and the Kony 2012 campaign.

WASHINGTON – This past week, our partner organization Invisible Children launched its “Kony 2012” campaign introducing millions of viewers to the brutal rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, and its leader, Joseph Kony. The Enough Project is committed to arresting Kony and his top commanders as part of a comprehensive strategy to end the LRA crisis and bring lasting peace to the region.

In response to the recent increase in interest in this important issue, the Enough Project has published two op-eds and participated in several interviews to provide background context on the LRA crisis, identify how the Obama administration can help end the LRA, and set out further steps for activists to take.

Op-eds on 3/9/2012:

How Obama Should Stop Kony” on CNN.com, by Enough Project Executive Director John Bradshaw and Enough Policy Analyst Ashley Benner

Kony 2012: 4 Things You Can Do” on Global Post, by Enough Project Policy Consultant Sasha Lezhnev

Video Interviews:

Al Jazeera English interview with Enough Policy Analyst Ashley Benner

Center for American Progress “Ask the Expert” interview with Enough Policy Consultant Sasha Lezhnev

Beyond these media products, the Enough Project’s most recent LRA report, “Ensuring Success: Four Steps Beyond U.S. Troops to End the War with the LRA,” digs deeper into the specific recommendations for the U.S. and international community to ensure that operations to end the LRA are successful.

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Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, the Enough Project focuses on crises in Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas of Africa affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. For more information, please visit www.enoughproject.org.

 

 

 

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Video: George Clooney Behind Front Lines in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains

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George Clooney Witnesses War Crimes in Sudan's Nuba Mountains – New Enough Project Video

Date: 
Mar 14, 2012

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jonathan Hutson, jhutson@enoughproject.org, +1-202-386-1618

WASHINGTON – George Clooney witnessed indiscriminate bombing of civilians in the conflict-torn state of South Kordofan, Sudan during a trip last week with Enough Project Co-founder John Prendergast. A four-minute Enough Project video released today, written and directed by Clooney, documents an aerial attack in the Nuba Mountains and spotlights the urgency for action to stop the targeting of civilians in Sudan.

“This isn’t a war of retaliation, this is simply trying to clear people out ethnically because of the color of their skin,” said Clooney in the video.

South Kordofan, which is home to Sudan’s ethnic minority Nuba people, has been an ongoing target of aerial bombardment by the Sudanese Armed Forces, or SAF. According to UN estimates, most of the 200,000 Nuba people who remain in South Kordofan are hiding in caves to avoid attacks, cut off from humanitarian aid.

“This is a civilian protection crisis,” said Prendergast in the video. “We talk all the time about the responsibility to protect human life—right here is a ground zero for that responsibility.”

In the video, Clooney takes cover alongside Nuba people as apparent SAF Antonov bombers fly overhead. He speaks to witnesses and victims of recent bombings, and includes footage of a young boy who lost both of his hands while hiding in a cave during an attack.

At the conclusion of the video, the Enough Project urges viewers to take action (Text Sudan to 30644) and send their Member of Congress a message to support the recently-introduced Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2012.

View the video: “George Clooney Witnesses War Crimes in Sudan's Nuba Mountains

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Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, the Enough Project focuses on crises in Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas of Africa affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. For more information, please visit www.enoughproject.org.

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