Jolie calls for action against war crimes

November 14th, 2007 - 5:41 pm ICT by admin  

London, Nov 14 (ANI): Angelina Jolie has urged world leaders to persecute those who commit crimes against humanity.
The Hollywood actress and human rights campaigner made her appeal to international governments in a new article for The Economist magazine, entitled The World in 2008, in which she called for tougher action against rogue leaders.
The 32-year-old actress, a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), hopes to see something done soon to defeat the ongoing genocide in Darfur, western Sudan.
Jolie has visited Chad twice once in 2003 and again earlier this year, to speak to victims of the Sudanese violence and draw attention to their cause.
“Accountability is perhaps the only force powerful enough to break the cycle of violence and retribution that marks so many conflicts,” The Sun quoted her, as writing in the article.
“Through accountability we can begin the process of righting past wrongs, and even change the behaviour of some of the world’s worst criminals.
“When crimes against humanity are punished consistently and severely, the killers’ calculations will change. My hope is that these examples of justice in the name of accountability will be just a few of the many to come.
“I hope that the Sudanese government will hand over the government minister and the Janjaweed militia leader who have been indicted for war crimes (by the International Criminal Court in The Hague), and that the teenager I met in Chad will get the trial he seeks.
“I hope that those responsible for the atrocities in Darfur will be held to account, not only for that young man’s sake, but for the world’s,” she added. (ANI)

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