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Charge Sudan’s Bashir for "war crimes", Clooney tells US senators

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March 14, 2012 (WASHINGTON) — George Clooney, renowned Hollywood star, on Thursday accused the Sudanese government of allegedly carrying out indiscriminate attacks and bombings on innocent civilians in the
troubled region of Southern Kordofan.

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George Clooney testifies at the Senate Foreign Relations Sudan and South Sudan: Independence and Insecurity hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on March 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Clooney told the United States (US) senate
committee on foreign relation that Washington must be tough on President Bashir and other Sudanese officials wanted by the Hague based International
Criminal Court
(ICC), if the situation is to improve.

"They are proving themselves to be the greatest war criminals of this
century, by far," Clooney told the panel, while calling upon
Washington to freeze offshore accounts of indicted Sudanese officials.

Clooney called for their money to be found and frozen, like the US Administration did during the anti-terror war. The actor told the CNN, "these guys are not buying their weapons with Sudanese pounds. So find their offshore accounts in Malaysia, places like that, and freeze them".

According to Clooney, the violence between Sudanese soldiers and rebels aligned with South Sudan in border areas mainly involved
repeated attacks on unarmed civilians, who already face a serious
humanitarian crisis.

“We saw that very specifically happening on two occasions: rape,
starvation, lack of humanitarian aid. They’re scaring the hell out of
these people and they’re killing, hoping and trying to get them just
to leave,” Clooney told US Senators.

The US actor also detailed before a packed audience how he and
fellow peace activist, John Prendergast, survived aerial bombing
campaigns allegedly carried out by rockets, while touring villages in
the Nuba mountains.

Clooney and Prendergast are co-founders of the satellite sentinel
project; an organisation that uses satellite images to monitor and
deter violence in Sudan and South Sudan, which Clooney calls
“anti-genocide paparazzi”.

The US actor said that China, which has heavily invested in Sudan, can
play fundamental roles in brokering a peace deal in the country.

“What I’d like is for the president to send a high-level envoy to
China,” he said, adding that, “We believe there’s a moment in time
when we can have a non-adversarial relationship with them”.

Clooney’s testimony before the senate comes days after meeting South
Sudan leader, President Salva Kiir during which the duo extensively discussed the worsening relations between Sudan and South Sudan.

The meeting, held in Juba, South Sudan’s capital also discussed the
status of the post-secession negotiations between the two countries as
well as the situation of people affected by the conflict in Blue Nile
and Southern Kordofan states
.

(ST)

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  • 15 March 2012 09:46, by mohammed ali

    Look at this Jewish clown! This not a movie. We know and the world know that you are Jew pursuing the interest of Israel. Go and arrest Netaniaho now ,he is right now killing small children at their homes.You want to destroy South Kordofan as you have destroied Darfur, no way!Wage war, and we will wage peace and peace will prevail.

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    • 15 March 2012 16:36, by Madit

      Mahamed Ali; look at u why do u like crying as if u are a woman who wants to motive a man on her back. I will not blame u all Arabs are good on facking other man.

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    • 15 March 2012 18:02, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Mr. Ali,

      It’s painful to see you in so much pain, you’re defending hopeless government. Khartoum is going to be a lonely place in the near future. Your government is being run by incompetence and they can’t be rehabilitated. North Sudan is terrorist state, and United states will make sure Khartoum join world community. It’s time for Khartoum to wise up and change their behavior.

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      • 15 March 2012 23:25, by mohammed ali

        Elijah, US is negotiating now with Taliban, and they are runing away from both Iraq & Afganistan. So, don’t count on that, they are working for their own interest not yours.During the war they were moblising what they called life line to feed SS, could you tell me why they are not doing it now, since you have 4.7 millions who need " food assistance".The irony is that they are doing nothing...con

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        • 15 March 2012 23:28, by mohammed ali

          ..while they pretend to help South Kordufan where they claim that there are 410,000 refugees, an augumented number as usual!It is far better to think about yourself and care about your people than pretending to be American!

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    • 15 March 2012 18:10, by zulu

      Mohamed,

      you racist nazi goon. The racist ethnic cleansing regime must be stopped and its leaders have to answer before God and humans. Whether you espouse or defend this atrocious crime, there is no way Beshir will will escape justice because of its elaborate devisive and marginalizing policies. Sudanese people themselves will kill him if given a chance n he will die like ghadafi.

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  • 15 March 2012 09:48, by mohammed ali

    The greatest war criminal is Isreal!

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  • 15 March 2012 09:51, by Biden Osire

    It is now time USA should also consider to forward and indict SAF Commanders in both Southern Kordafan and Blue Nile for the attrocities they are commiting there on innocent Nuba people, two ICC should also investigate Bashir,Vice President, Ali Nafi, Osman Taha for the war in this areas and act immediately. Bravo Mr.Cloony for the work risk.

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  • 15 March 2012 09:55, by RUMBEK ONE

    It is said in the Bible that’speak the truth and the truth shall set you free’. Mr. Clooney, you have spoke the truth the truth shall set these victims free. This is only when the US not the UN use force to change the government in Khartoum. I hope no body in US is bribed by al-Bashir using our South oil money.

    US must impose NO FLY ZONE to free African tribes from this.

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  • 15 March 2012 11:05, by E. Defense Forces
    • 15 March 2012 13:47, by Robot

      Bashir’s days are numbered, for your information and i always say this, ’try to look far’ something irrefutable is that South is getting stronger and Arabs are always surprised to see things happen, they thought it is a dream... look far.

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  • 15 March 2012 15:17, by hellonearth

    what is wrong with you arabs? when someone gives his opinion that is not anything that is your useless Religion ISLAM then you start shitting on people, the man is only saying that is happening down in South Kordofan. that is where the problem is please SHUT UP

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  • 16 March 2012 02:53, by Daniel Buolmawei

    Mohammed and Jalaby, are you guys saying that you’re massacring people in Sudan because of the Israli-Arab problem? I see you justifying warcrimes in Sudan by referring it to the Israel-Palestine situation in the middle East. If this is the case, then declare war against Israel than against Sudanese, and I think that war will be just a matter of hours not of days before you’re to hell.

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