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Angelina at Lubanga trial

by paco on 20 May 2009 | Comments

Angelina Jolie’s visit to the Thomas Lubanga trial this week at the International Criminal Court made the celebrity gossip press yesterday and the twittersphere, as several tweets popped up on the International Criminal Court (ICC) feed on the IJCentral map.  With six children of her own, it’s good to see her using her celebrity power to bring much-needed attention to the crime of recruiting child soldiers.  Angelina is very committed to the ICC and its justice mandate, and is very informed about the Court and its activities.  Last year through the Jolie/Pitt Foundation she sponsored a day-long symposium at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, bringing together several luminaries of the international justice world to discuss U.S. policy toward the ICC.

There is actually a great latent interest in U.S. policy toward the ICC.  After every screening on the festival circuit of The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court the first question audiences ask is “What is Obama’s policy on the ICC?”  We’ve found that audiences come out of the film feeling energized and looking for a way to get involved with the international justice movement.  The national U.S. broadcast of The Reckoning on PBS on July 14 (on the P.O.V. series) will be the launching pad for No One Above the Law, a campaign to generate support for global rule of law, and reengage the U.S. with the international justice movement.

Angelina Jolie and ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo (photo: ICC)
Angelina Jolie and ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo (photo: ICC)