Economist's Newest Writer: Angelina Jolie

Actress says Sudan war criminals must stand trial
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2007 7:12 PM CST
U.S. actress Angelina Jolie says it's time to put Sudanese war criminals on trial. (AP Photo/Nathan Strange)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – World leaders from Nicolas Sarkozy to the Dalai Lama have contributed their high-minded predictions for the coming year in an annual publication from the Economist. But for a magazine that normally eschews bylines, one name stands out, says the Sun: Angelina Jolie, who interviews Darfur refugees in Chad and says that international war crimes trials can end the brutal violence.

The actress—or "goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees"—praises the role of international justice in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone. "When crimes against humanity are punished consistently and severely, the killers’ calculations will change," she writes in The World in 2008. The actress says it's time to see Sudanese war criminals on trial in the Hague.