Friday, July 11, 2008

Letter from Olympic Corporate Sponsor * Microsoft

I recently joined other villagers in sending messages to Olympic corporate sponsors asking them to use their influence over China to make things better in Darfur.

Here is response that I received from Microsoft:

Thank you for your recent letter to Microsoft regarding the humanitarian crisis in Darfur and the 2008 Olympic Games.

The Beijing Olympics present an opportunity for countries to come together in athletic competition, and to draw attention to universal values such as individual and team endeavor, fair competition, excellence and achievement. The Olympics have the power to transform global relationships, create unity and accelerate positive change in the world.

Microsoft respects the International Olympic Committee’s decision to select China as the host country of this year’s games and is pleased to be able to support the games as a softw
are supplier and a distributor of licensed Olympics coverage through our partnership with NBC Universal.

Like people all around the world, we are shocked and horrified by the violence and human rights violations in Darfur. We commend Dream for Darfur and other organizations for their leadership in casting a spotlight on this atrocity and the need for immediate international resolution. Governments and international organizations – the United Nations chief among them – as well as humanitarian relief organizations - will need to continue to work together locally and globally to address the problems in the Sudan. Microsoft will continue to support these organizations in their mission through technology assistance and other resources.

We appreciate having this opportunity to clarify our position and activities and thank you again for taking the time to share your views with Microsoft.

Daniel T. Bross, Director
Stakeholder Engagement
Microsoft Corporation

Have you heard from any of the corporate sponsors that you wrote to about China's role in Darfur?


cracker962 said...

It's great to see Microsoft speak out on Darfur, now we want to see the other sponsors do the same too. I am part of a campaign to try and get these other sponsors to speak out on Darfur as well. Check it out here and please join if your interested:

Villager said...

Cracker 962 - I signed up for your campaign. We'll add the widget here on this blog as well.

We have a blog campaign on the 27th of each month. You can download one of our eBooks to get an idea. Let us know if you want to join our monthly blogging campaign against human rights abuses in Darfur, Tibet and elsewhere...

peace, Villager

Ananda said...

This is great. Feel free to share my poem. Peace. Ananda

Villager said...

Ananda - Your blog is chockful of wonderful poems. Which one are you asking us to share?

PurpleZoe said...

Peace Cracker962 and Ananda ^_^

Thanks for stopping through.

Ananda, we can gladly add any of your activism based poems. We'll have a peek.

Have a good 1