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Look for red pins on Oscar telecast

February 24, 2007|Tina Daunt

On a night when actresses will be draped in diamonds, Amnesty International USA and Global Witness have asked artists and filmmakers to wear a red teardrop pin to the Academy Awards to raise awareness about diamonds mined in war zones and their effect on child soldiers.

The groups said that Oscar nominees Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling and Djimon Hounsou and other members of the "Blood Diamond" cast would be wearing the symbols.

"Ours is a very modest gesture but one that affirms the message that all human life is precious," said Bonnie Abaunza, director of Amnesty International USA's Artists for Amnesty program. "Diamonds are not priceless -- human life is."

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