Thursday, May 03, 2007

Activists for Darfur press companies to leave Sudan

By Louise Watt
LONDON — For groups hoping to stop the violence in Darfur with economic pressure, Rolls-Royce's announcement that it was withdrawing from Sudan was a milestone.
Rolls-Royce PLC was high on a hit list drawn up by activists who believe that foreign money is fueling a crisis that has killed more than 200,000 people and driven 2.5 million from their homes. The company, which supplies diesel engines to the oil and gas industry in Sudan, announced last month that it was starting a gradual pullout.
Armed with the kind of tactics that helped end apartheid in South Africa a generation ago, the Sudan-divestment campaigners believe they will succeed where politicians have failed. It is part of a growing movement to bring citizen pressure to bear. More here >>>

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