Angelina: UN Must Take a Stand on Darfur
Jolie writes for Time magazine
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2009 11:43 AM CDT
UN Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie smiles with Karenni refugee children in the Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp in northern Thailand on Feb. 4, 2009.    (AP Photo/ UNHCR/K.McKinsey)
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(Newser) – Angelina Jolie argues in a Time essay that it's put-up-or-shut-up time for the UN on Darfur. The Security Council will receive a report today on the nation's genocide under the watch of Omar al Bashir, and its response will determine whether the idea of an "international standard of justice" is real or just talk. "The evidence the prosecutor has presented is clear and compelling," she writes. "Millions of people have been displaced; hundreds of thousands have been killed."

"Today the Security Council member states will be faced with a simple decision—to embrace impunity or to end it. As they are considering Bashir's fate they are also considering their own."