Angelina Jolie: Going Dutch

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[The Hague, Netherlands; May 19. Image via AP]

In this image released by the International Criminal Court, movie star and activist Angelina Jolie, right, is seen with chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, second from right, during a visit to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday May 19 2009. Jolie attended the trial of a Congolese warlord charged with using child soldiers. Jolie says in a statement released by the court Tuesday that the case against Thomas Lubanga is a "landmark trial for children" and pays tribute to the former child soldiers who travel to the court's seat in The Hague to testify. Lubanga, founder and former leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots political movement and its armed wing, has pleaded innocent to charges of recruiting and using child soldiers in tribal conflicts in 2002-2003. His is the first international trial to focus solely on child soldiers. The United Nations estimates up to 250,000 child soldiers still fight in more than a dozen countries. (AP Photo/Kim Vermaat/ICC HO)



I can't hate on her for her social conscience and activism. The causes she takes up are noble and I'm sure she does a lot of good.

That being said, why does she gain access to these high-level meetings? She's a movie star. I understand speaking out and using one's visibility to promote good causes. But I don't understand what qualifies her to sit at a table with Luis Moreno-Ocampo and make statements released by the ICC.

Anybody? Does she actually have some qualifications that I don't know about?