Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Nobel Peace Laureates: International Community Must Commit to Real Peace in Burma and Darfur

The Green Belt Movement International
August 12, 2008


We must keep up the pressure on the world’s superpowers to ‘do the right thing’ in Darfur and Burma—and create the conditions for long-lasting peace and democracy. This, from a group of prominent
women who recently returned from a three-week delegation to Asia and Africa where they met with women’s groups, government officials and representatives from international organizations, and visited clinics and refugee camps to hear first-hand what is required to bring a sustainable peace to these areas.

Nobel Peace Laureates Jody Williams (1997) and Wangari Maathai (2004) were accompanied by other notable women including actress-activist Mia Farrow, and the Chair of Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission, Dr. Sima Samar, as they traveled for three weeks to countries that are directly linked to the crises in Burma and Darfur.

“The inspirational efforts for peace by women on the ground--made at a huge risk to their personal safety--deserve the support and recognition of the international community,” says Williams, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on banning anti-personnel landmines. “It is inexcusable for certain nations to directly support regimes that are oppressing their people and committing systematic, widespread violence against women.”
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