May 2 2006

SYSTEM OF A DOWN is committed to raising awareness of all human
rights issues, including the current genocide crisis going on
the Darfur region of Western Sudan. mtvU has launched a online
campaign at to help spread information about the
genocide. Through a partnership with the Reebok Human Rights Foundation
and the International Crisis Group, mtvU awarded a development deal
to group of student digital activists to create an online viral video
game which will put players in the shoes of the 2.5 million refugees
who are fighting for survival every day in Darfur.

Commented SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian: "MTV has been one
of the early screamers on the Darfur Genocide at a time when no one
was really paying any attention to it in the press. By calling it a
genocide and not doing anything about it, our government is setting a
standard for intervention only in cases of economic gain. I just met
with a number of Democratic and Republican Congressmen and a Senator
to talk about the need to have the U.S. Congress formally recognize
the Armenian Genocide by Turkey in 1915. Part of the conversation was
spent in explaining that genocide denial will lead to other genocide
as in Darfur and the need for our government to use its leverage
financially and otherwise in Africa to make sure that Khartoum gets the
message that this will no longer be tolerated, along with encouraging
the United Nations to immediately place an active, effective peace
keeping contingent of troops in the Darfur region of Sudan."