Actor George Clooney was arrested Friday for protesting human right’s crimes in Sudan at the Sudanese embassy in Washington D.C., CNN reports.
The Academy Award winning Mr. Clooney has been a longtime advocate for human rights for citizens in countries throughout the world, especially Sudan. He is the co-founder of the Satellite Sentinnel Project, which monitors troop movement in Sudan, and South Sudan, which recently became its own country.
The SSP’s mission is to monitor a possible civil war outbreak between Sudan and South Sudan, as well as to deter violence by the Sudanese government against its citizens.
“George Clooney was arrested for crossing a police line at the Sudan embassy and he’ll be transported to the Metropolitan police department second district,” BBC reports.
On Friday, Mr. Clooney and other protesters were showing their support for increasing humanitarian aid to Sudan to fight the killing of citizens by the Sudanese government.
“We are here really to ask two very simple questions,” Mr. Clooney reportedly said prior to being arrested.
“The Ides of March” star, Mr. Clooney met with President Barack Obama earlier this week, and also testified during a Senate hearing as well, to voice his concerns with the widespread killings by the Sudanese government.
Martin Luther King III, Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Jim McGovern; Virginia Democratic Congressman Jim Moran; and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President Ben Jealous, according to BBC.
Mr. Clooney has met with President Obama in the past as well to voice his concerns with the Sudanese government’s killings, which are believed to be lead by President Omar al-Bashir, government official Ahmad Harun and Defense Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein of the Sudanese government.
“The first question is something immediate — and immediately we need humanitarian aid to be allowed into the Sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world,” said Mr. Clooney on Friday.
The International Criminal Court recently issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Hussein regarding war crimes that he has allegedly committed in Sudan.
Mr. Clooney and fellow activists believe the majority of the violence has been occurring in the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan, a state in Sudan.
Mr. Clooney’s arrest brings awareness not only to the unfortunate situation in Sudan, but also to the question of the importance of U.S. aid to foreign countries. During a time where the U.S. is still in economic recovery mode, and lawmakers are focused on lowering the national debt, aid to foreign countries becomes a trivial issue when compared to the domestic economic well being of the U.S.
Sudan is one of many countries undergoing internal strife that would benefit from U.S. humanitarian aid, including Uganda and Syria.
“What you see is a constant drip of fear,” said Mr. Clooney during a Senate hearing earlier this week. “We found children filled with shrapnel, including a 9-year-old boy who had both of his hands blown off.”
Mr. Clooney is currently in the custody of the Metropolitan Police Department.