Celebs Launch Myanmar Campaign

Updated On: Jun 26, 2008

Antara News http://www.antara.co.id/en/arc/2008/6/25/clooney-and-pitt-launch-myanmar...

Hollywood celebs and international peace prize winners joined forces Wednesday in an advertising campaign calling on the region to push Myanmar's junta to allow in more cyclone aid.

A full page advertisement in Indonesian English language daily The Jakarta Post by US-based pressure group Not On Our Watch said Asia must pressure the reclusive regime to fully open its doors to foreign aid after Cyclone Nargis.

Signatories included former Philippine president Corazon Aquino, East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and former Czech president Vaclav Havel, and Holywood stars George Clooney and Brad Pitt.

The advertisement said Myanmar's regime is risking thousands of lives by holding out on aid, although the junta has been giving increasing access to foreign relief workers despite its initial refusal to cooperate.

The advertisement singled out Myanmar's military leader General Than Shwe for criticism, saying the general had backed out on a May promise to allow all foreign aid workers into the country.

The advertisement in The Jakarta Post was funded by the board of New York-based Not On Our Watch, which includes Clooney, Pitt and fellow actor Matt Damon.

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