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The Hill Op-ed: Staying the Course to End the LRA

Amid the security challenges in Mali, Somalia, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, some individuals in the administration want to pull back the advisors. But the advisors are starting to have a transformative impact on efforts aimed at disbanding the LRA, apprehending the group’s senior leaders who are wanted by the International Criminal Court, and protecting civilians from LRA violence.  Read More »

Recent Encounter with the LRA May Provide Hints about Kony’s Whereabouts

The Ugandan army, or UPDF, earlier this month had a major confrontation with the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA. The location of the reported firefight is significant in that it could provide clues about where Kony is currently hiding.  Read More »

U.N.Takes Up the LRA Issue, Identifies Key Challenges

U.N. Security Council meets to discuss peacekeeping

Amid faltering efforts to end the violence caused by the Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, the United Nations Security Council met last month to discuss the LRA issue. The meeting referenced many of the critical issues stymieing current efforts, and some specific plans were agreed to.  Read More »

Congress Passes Legislation Expanding Rewards for Justice Program

U.S. Capitol Building

Congress has passed legislation to expand a critical initiative that would bolster efforts to arrest and bring justice to individuals wanted for committing acts of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.  Read More »

Report: Assessing Implementation of U.N. Strategy to End the LRA Conflict

Today, the Enough Project joined a coalition of organizations from central Africa, the U.S., and Europe in releasing a report that assesses the implementation of the U.N. Regional Strategy developed in June to address the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, threat. Nearly six months later, progress to date in implementing the strategy has been minimal, and no clear plans to address the myriad challenges facing the strategy appear to be underway.  Read More »

Human Rights Watch Awards Prestigious Prize to Anti-LRA Human Rights Defender

Earlier this week, Human Rights Watch awarded its prestigious Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism to two human rights defenders from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Libya. Father Benoît Kinalegu, the Congolese recipient, is a priest and longtime activist working to document and end the atrocities committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, and rehabilitate survivors of LRA violence.  Read More »

What is Khartoum Hiding?

A remark made last week by Sudan's ambassador to the United Nations is renewing suspicions that the Lord's Resistance Army is hiding in Sudan and receiving support from the Sudanese government again. Highly credible reports received by the Enough Project several days ago indicate that Kony was recently in Darfur and may still be there.  Read More »

U.N. Strategy to End the LRA Highlights Obstacles, Requires U.S. Support

The United Nations has developed a strategy for addressing the crisis created by the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, that highlights the obstacles constraining ongoing efforts and details five areas of strategic support. The strategy, endorsed by the U.N. Security Council, follows two weeks after the release of the secretary-general’s report on the LRA warning that current efforts are under-resourced and lack regional cooperation.  Read More »

Tensions Rise as Rumors Spread: Is Kony in Darfur?

Allegations have recently emerged that Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, is in the Darfur region of Sudan and receiving support from the Sudanese government. These rumors have sparked threats of military intervention by Uganda, which could escalate the existing low-level border conflict between Sudan and South Sudan.  Read More »

Building on Momentum of Kony 2012, U.S. Reps Introduce New LRA Bill

While the “Kony 2012” video has catapulted the Lord’s Resistance Army into international headlines, Congress is pressing for more U.S. engagement to end the LRA crisis. This week, Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Ed Royce (R-CA) introduced a resolution in the House (H.Res. 583) expressing support for robust efforts to stop the LRA’s atrocities and bring the group’s leader Joseph Kony and his top commanders to justice.  Read More »

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