Sudan and South Sudan

George Clooney and John Prendergast’s Wake-Up Call: Sudan’s Silent War May be World’s Most Murderous

Date: 
Jun 11, 2014

MEDIA ALERT: 11 June 2014
Contact: Christina DiPasquale, 202.716.1953, Christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com

George Clooney and John Prendergast’s Wake-Up Call:
Sudan’s Silent War May be World’s Most Murderous

George Clooney and Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast, in an opinion piece published today, call for urgent attention to a resurgence of the war by Sudan’s government against its own people. The statement comes in advance of a new investigative report by Vice Media’s Ben Anderson premiering this Friday on HBO, which reveals violence in Sudan rising to unprecedented levels.

The original Vice News segment "THE FORGOTTEN WAR" airs this Friday, June 13 at 11:00 pm (ET) on HBO. 

“Under the cover of darkness, in a world whose attention is diverted by more camera-accessible crises in Syria, Ukraine, and the Central African Republic (CAR), the Sudan government has revived and intensified its genocidal strategy in the main war zones of Sudan,” say Clooney and Prendergast, who together founded the Enough Project’s Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP).  

“This is a crisis the U.S. can help resolve”

The Clooney-Prendergast statement also comes with key recommendations that concerned Americans and policymakers can support, including preventive diplomacy and giving the U.S. Treasury Department the resources it needs to follow the money enabling mass atrocities and enforce sanctions against Sudanese war criminals and their commercial interests.

Last month, the two founders announced that SSP, a program using satellite imagery and forensic investigation to monitor and warn against atrocities and human rights abuses in war-torn Sudan and South Sudan, will expand its work to undertake forensic investigations to reveal how those committing mass atrocities are funding their activities and where they are hiding their stolen assets.

To read the full opinion piece by Clooney and Prendergast, visit: https://news.vice.com/article/sudans-silent-suffering-is-getting-worse
 
Learn more about the conflict in Sudan and how to take action at: www.eno.ug/1pD8Z6v

To speak with an Enough Project or Vice Media spokesperson on this topic, please contact Christina DiPasquale at 202.716.1953 or Christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com.

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The Enough Project is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on the crises in Sudan, South Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough conducts intensive field research, develops practical policies to address these crises, and shares sensible tools to empower citizens and groups working for change. To learn more:  www.enoughproject.org.

The Satellite Sentinel Project, co-founded by George Clooney and John Prendergast, is a partnership between the Enough Project and Not On Our Watch. SSP uses satellite imagery and forensic investigation to assess the human security situation, and detect, deter and document war crimes and crimes against humanity. SSP recently announced an expansion of its work to focus on the economic drivers of mass atrocities and human rights abuses, and to encompass some of the world's most violent regions of conflict, including Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Central African Republic.  For more information on the Satellite Sentinel Project, please visit www.satsentinel.org.

VICE News Op-ed: Sudan's Silent Suffering Is Getting Worse

Sudan may be the world’s most murderous conflict. But the suffering of its people has been obscured, redacted, made silent. It is almost unfathomable that things could get worse, yet today the scale of violence is rising to unprecedented levels. The situation may sound hopeless - but that is not the case, as George Clooney and John Prendergast explain.
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Omer Ismail Speaks at Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Briefing on Sudan

Omer Ismail presents at a Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission briefing in the U.S

On May 20, Enough Project Senior Advisor Omer Ismail presented at a Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission briefing in the U.S. House of Representatives. The briefing, which included former U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Princeton Lyman and citizen journalist Ryan Boyette, focused on the ongoing human rights violations and the escalation of violence throughout Sudan.  Read More »

STATEMENT: Enough Project on Peace Deal Reached between South Sudan President Kiir and Rebel Leader Riek Machar

Date: 
May 9, 2014
For Immediate Release: 9 May 2014
Contact: Alec Saslow, 720 319 4948alec@fitzgibbonmedia.com 
 
STATEMENT: Enough Project on Peace Deal Reached between South Sudan President Kiir and Rebel Leader Riek Machar
 
Today, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed to a peace deal after a five-month conflict.
 
Said Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast:
 
"This deal is in part the fruit of Secretary Kerry's personal diplomacy during his trip the previous week.  It is a crucial first step towards ending the horrors being perpetrated against civilians on the battleground that has become South Sudan.  We will know very quickly whether the parties are serious, as they are right now poised to attack each other in a number of volatile locations on the front lines of the war.  It is crucial to deploy the regional civilian protection force and ceasefire monitors to ensure some measure of compliance. If this falls apart, the fighting will enter an even bloodier phase as the stakes continue to increase.”
 
Sudan and South Sudan Policy Analyst Akshaya Kumar added:

"This agreement comes at a critical moment for South Sudan, where disturbing bouts of violence along ethnic lines have raised the specter of genocide. Still, while necessary, this agreement is not sufficient for a lasting and durable peace. For that, much more inclusive negotiations and reconciliation including a wider range of stakeholders will be necessary, otherwise it's hard to see how this deal will make a difference on the ground.”

To speak with an Enough Project spokesperson, please contact Alec Saslow (720.319.4948Alec@Fitzgibbonmedia.com) or Christina DiPasquale  (202.716.1953christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com).

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The Enough Project is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on the crises in Sudan, South Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough conducts intensive field research, develops practical policies to address these crises, and shares sensible tools to empower citizens and groups working for change. To learn more about Enough, go to www.enoughproject.org.

George Clooney Announces Expansion of Satellite Sentinel Project

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 the Enough Project’s 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.   Read More »

George Clooney Announces Expansion of Satellite Sentinel Project

Date: 
May 21, 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Christina DiPasquale, 202.716.1953, christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com

George Clooney Announces Expansion of Satellite Sentinel Project

During a speech yesterday, May 20, at the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity dinner, George Clooney announced a significant expansion of the Satellite Sentinel Project, an initiative he co-founded three years ago. While it will continue to use satellite imagery to monitor and warn against human rights abuses in war-torn Sudan and South Sudan, the Satellite Sentinel Project will expand 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.

Satellite Sentinel Project Co-Founder George Clooney said, “We want to follow the money and find out how these atrocities are funded, who enables them, and what the smart tools are to counter these activities more effectively. Genocide and other human rights crimes are never just spontaneous events. They require planning, they require financing, and they require international indifference to succeed.  Where is the money coming from and where is it being hidden? To the extent we can, we want to make it more difficult for those willing to kill en masse to secure their political and economic objectives, and we want to move the needle away from indifference and inaction.”

Satellite Sentinel Project Co-Founder John Prendergast said, “We’ll investigate exactly how the illegal exploitation of resources like diamonds, gold and ivory help finance the activities of some of the world’s worst abusers of human rights. And we’ll focus on imposing a cost on those that contribute to or facilitate the perpetration of these human rights crimes. The objective is a comprehensive approach to countering atrocities that involves satellite imagery, forensic investigations, on-the-ground research, and deeper investment in impacting the calculations of policy makers and commercial actors who might possess the leverage to help stop these human rights crimes.”

The Satellite Sentinel Project is a partnership between the Enough Project and Not On Our Watch. Satellite imagery and analysis is provided by DigitalGlobe. The geographic area of focus will encompass Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, and the surrounding region. 

For more information on the Satellite Sentinel Project, please visit http://www.satsentinel.org/. For interviews with John Prendergast, Satellite Sentinel Project Co-Founder, please contact Christina DiPasquale at 202.716.1953 or christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com.

STATEMENT: U.S. Needs to Build on Secretary Kerry's Initiatives in South Sudan to Prevent Genocide and Famine

Date: 
May 2, 2014

For Immediate Release: 2 May 2014
Contact: Christina DiPasquale, 202.716.1953Christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com

STATEMENT: U.S. Needs to Build on Secretary Kerry's Initiatives in South Sudan to Prevent Genocide and Famine

Today, as Secretary Kerry visits Juba in his effort to prioritize civilian protection throughout South Sudan, The Enough Project released the following statement from Co-Founder John Prendergast, former Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council:

“Two words that never should be used lightly are beginning to be heard with alarming frequency in South Sudan today: genocide and famine.  The danger of both is clear and present, and state collapse threatens.  Targeting people on the basis of their identity and obstructing humanitarian access puts hundreds of thousands of lives at immediate risk.

"Full support should be given to deploying troops from neighboring states to protect civilians who are most vulnerable to being attacked, raped or killed on the basis of their ethnicity.   

"At the same time, meaningful consequences must be deployed for the commission of war crimes.  The U.S. should work closely with neighboring states and the African Union to freeze the assets of those South Sudanese rebel or government officials found to be orchestrating human rights crimes.  These officials own fixed assets and have accounts in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa and Dubai, but a great deal of diplomatic effort will need to convince those governments to act. 

"Furthermore, the creation of a mixed special court -- partly international, partly South Sudanese -- would enhance the potential for justice and accountability for those that have orchestrated some of the worst crimes.  If the idea emerges, it should be fully supported by Secretary Kerry."

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To speak to an Enough Project spokesperson, please contact Christina DiPasquale at 202.716.1953 or Christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com.

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The Enough Project is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on the crises in Sudan, South Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough conducts intensive field research, develops practical policies to address these crises, and shares sensible tools to empower citizens and groups working for change. To learn more about Enough, go to www.enoughproject.org.

Daily Beast Op-Ed: Preventing Genocide in South Sudan

Twenty years after Rwanda’s genocide, the world’s newest state—not Syria or Darfur—is the region most in danger of mass exterminations along ethnic lines.  Read More »

Open Letter on Enhancing U.S. Policy towards Sudan and South Sudan

The Enough Project and Humanity United have released an open letter on enhancing U.S. Policy towards Sudan and South Sudan to Secretary Kerry, Ambassador Rice, and Ambassador Power. The letter, signed by David Abramowitz of Humanity United and John Prendergast of the Enough Project, spells out three areas where U.S. policy could be enhanced towards both Sudan and South Sudan: promoting accountability, supporting peace, and fostering democratic transformation.

Statement by the Enough Project and Coalition Partners on the Violence in South Sudan

The Enough Project and coalition partners released an urgent statement in response to vicious attacks against civilians in South Sudan, including the recent attacks in Bentiu and Bor. The conflict threatens to destabilize the entire region and requires the immediate attention of the international community to stop the killing. This statement calls on both sides of the conflict and the international community to work towards engaging in peace and providing humanitarian assistance.  Read More »

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