REPUBLIC OF SUDAN: Hit Make Some Noise album earns $2.5m

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8 Jan 2008
[International Secretariat]
Topic: Regional conflict
An Amnesty International album of John Lennon cover songs has raised$2.5 million after proving a hit in the album and download charts.
Warner Bros. Records presented the organization with a cheque for $2.5million - proceeds raised so far from the sales of Make SomeNoise/Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur.
The double album - released in support of Amnesty International’scampaign to end violence in Darfur - features a collection of classicJohn Lennon tracks recorded by a range of top international artistsincluding U2, Snow Patrol and Green Day.

The album was made possible by the generosity of Yoko Ono, who grantedAmnesty International the right to record the Lennon songs and donatedall music-publishing royalties to the project. The album is part ofAmnesty International's global music activism project Make Some Noise -which has aimed to inspire a new generation of activists to stand upfor human rights.

Amnesty International has also generated more than 500,000 signatureson a petition calling on President Bush to press for an urgenttimetable for the deployment of UN peacekeepers to Darfur by early2008.

Tom Whalley, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Records, said: "AmnestyInternational's work is crucial to raising awareness of the humanrights catastrophes occurring in Darfur and around the world - and weare thrilled to be able to support their campaign."

Larry Cox, executive director of AIUSA, said: “John Lennon’s musicand his legacy as an activist continue to inspire human rightsadvocacy. Now, his music is encouraging young people to get involvedand add their voices to the cause of stopping the horrific violence inDarfur.

Following extensive worldwide campaigning, the UN Security Councilagreed in August to send a new peacekeeping force to Darfur. AmnestyInternational is now pressing for its speedy deployment, plus the fundsand equipment to support the mission and the arrest of Sudaneseofficials indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

Since 2003, government-backed militia have killed hundreds of thousandsof people, destroyed thousands of villages and left millions ofrefugees struggling for survival in relief camps in Darfur andneighboring Chad.

14 December 2007

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