George Clooney likes to watch... Sudan
A group founded by George Clooney has teamed up with Google, Harvard, a U.N. agency and anti-genocide organizations to launch a project using satellites to watch Sudan.
Clooney's Not on Our Watch is on the alert for any war crimes violations ahead of a referendum vote scheduled for Jan. 9 in which the south could vote to secede. The vote has revived fears of a potential north-south civil war, according to the Associated Press.
"We want to let potential perpetrators of genocide and other war crimes know that we're watching, the world is watching," Clooney said in a statement. "War criminals thrive in the dark. It's a lot harder to commit mass atrocities in the glare of the media spotlight."
In October, Clooney, a longtime advocate for the people of Sudan, visited D.C. to voice his concerns at a Council on Foreign Relations press conference.
"If we're going to avoid what we have seen happen twice before with the same players in the north, south and Darfur," said Clooney in October, "we can't just sit back and think, well, if we just let it play out, maybe this time it will be better."
Source: The Associated Press
| December 29, 2010; 8:02 AM ET
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