Today, people around the globe are coming together in support of elephants. This year is particularly important as wildlife trafficking, which includes the poaching of ivory tusks from elephants, continues to pose a large threat to populations of elephants.Read More »
While the Obama administration fights for the life of the Iran nuclear deal, another bipartisan, bicameral effort in United States foreign policy is under way. Then-Senator John Kerry found many allies in 2012 when he and Senator John Boozman (R-AR) introduced the “Rewards for Justice” expansion bill, focused on bringing to justice Joseph Kony and other leaders of the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Read More »
On July 30, Senators Boozman, Durbin, and Inhofe introduced S. Res. 237, and Representatives McGovern and Pitts introduced H. Res. 394, both of which condemn Joseph Kony and the LRA for continuing to perpetrate crimes against humanity, war crimes, and mass atrocities. Read More »
This op-ed originally appeared in The Hill. In it, Enough's Sasha Lezhnev and John Prendergast discuss how the Obama administration's policy has helped lead to a 90% reduction in LRA killings but that the President must follow up key issues with the African Union. Read More »
Editor's Note: This article was written by the Kathryn Bigelow and Enough Project's Policy Analyst Holly Dranginis and originally appeared in The Daily Beast as "Keep Fighting Joseph Kony’s LRA" on June 22, 2015.Read More »
The recently released report indicates that the LRA’s fighting capacity is dropping, and while killings are fewer, attacks and abductions have increased - in 2014, total LRA attacks rose 10% and abductions 32% compared to 2013. Read More »
Ohio University student and STAND Campaigns Coordinator Luke Kubacki reflects on his experience at the Lemkin Summit: A National Gathering of the Next Generation of Human Rights Defenders in February 2015. Read More »
January 13, 2015 --- Dominic Ongwen, one of the most senior commanders of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), will be transferred to the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to the U.S. State Department. Enough Project analysts are available for interviews, background on Ongwen, and expert commentary on the LRA and significance of the ICC referral in this case.
Kasper Agger, Enough Project LRA expert and Uganda-based field researcher, said: “The transfer of Dominic Ongwen to the ICC is a major victory for the thousands of LRA victims and a chance for Ongwen to go through a fair trial. Hopefully this can draw attention to massive rebuilding tasks in LRA affected areas, including the need for a comprehensive reconciliation and transitional justice process in Northern Uganda.”
Holly Dranginis, Enough Project Policy Analyst, said: “Ongwen's transfer to the ICC is historic - a victory for the victims of the LRA's brutality, many of whom have been bravely demanding justice for over a decade now. It's also a welcome confirmation that the United States is increasingly supportive of the ICC's efforts in this region. The next step is for Ongwen to have a fair and thorough trial, with full consideration of crimes committed against him as a child, and robust protection for victims and witnesses.”
Abducted by the LRA at the age of 10, Ongwen rose in the ranks of the militia as a protégé of LRA leader Joseph Kony, and has been indicted by the ICC for multiple crimes against humanity including murder, pillaging, and enslavement.
The Enough Project is a project of the Center for American Progress aiming to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on the crises in Sudan, South Sudan, eastern Congo, Central African Republic, and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough conducts intensive field research, develops practical policies to address these crises, and shares sensible tools to empower citizens and groups working for change. To learn more: www.enoughproject.org.
Senior Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen, who surrendered Tuesday in the Central African Republic, should be transferred to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes. Read More »