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Author: Ashley Benner

Tensions Rise as Rumors Spread: Is Kony in Darfur?

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

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 ...
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New U.S. Legislation Targets Most Wanted International Criminals

New U.S. Legislation Targets Most Wanted International Criminals
Legislation introduced in Congress last week could greatly propel efforts to bring to justice the world’s most wanted war criminals and human rights offenders. If passed, this legislation would bolster initiatives to arrest and convict individuals wanted by the International Criminal Court, or ICC ...
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Ugandan Court Orders Amnesty for LRA Commander Kwoyelo, Appeal Pends

Ugandan Court Orders Amnesty for LRA Commander Kwoyelo, Appeal Pends
The trial of former Lord’s Resistance Army commander Thomas Kwoyelo took a new turn but did not conclusively end yesterday when the High Court of Uganda ordered that Kwoyelo be granted amnesty ...
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The LRA in Congo: U.N. Experts Offer New Details

The LRA in Congo: U.N. Experts Offer New Details
The United Nations Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo submitted its final report last month, which includes several points about the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, worth noting ...
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Is the LRA Plotting Another Christmas Massacre?

Is the LRA Plotting Another Christmas Massacre?
While many people are preparing for holiday festivities, the Lord’s Resistance Army could be planning another large-scale “Christmas massacre.” During the holiday season in 2008 and 2009, the LRA conducted widespread attacks, killing and abducting hundreds of people. Some analysts have cautioned that the LRA may do so again this year ...
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Obama Administration Reports to Congress on LRA Efforts

Obama Administration Reports to Congress on LRA Efforts
Just days after Enough Project and partner organizations Resolve and Invisible Children issued the third installment of our report card grading the efforts of the Obama administration to combat the Lord’s Resistance Army, the U.S. Secretary of State released its self-assessment—a report to Congress. The administration’s report highlights that the U.S. has increased its engagement on the LRA, particularly with the recent deployment of U.S. military advisors to assist regional efforts. However, more robust and sustained involvement is needed to avoid a repeat of previous, failed military operations–particularly Operation Lightning Thunder–and a continuation of the current foundering efforts ...
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Using the New Focus on the LRA to End Them

Using the New Focus on the LRA to End Them
The White House’s move to send military advisors to Central Africa has renewed attention to the LRA crisis in a potentially game-changing way. Taken together with the current negotiations over a possible new African Union-led mission to stop the rebel group, we could be witnessing a turning point in the way the international community addresses this brutal group – hopefully leading to its demise once and for all. A new paper released by Enough today hones in on what it will take for these current initiatives to succeed and put an end to the LRA once and for all ...
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Ending the Lord’s Resistance Army

Ending the Lord's Resistance Army
Now is the time to bring an end to the predatory militia known as the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA. If efforts to counter the LRA are not dramatically bolstered by sustained U.S. leadership, the group could strengthen and become an even greater threat to regional stability ...
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Ugandan Court Defends Amnesty for Eligible LRA Rebels

Ugandan Court Defends Amnesty for Eligible LRA Rebels
Uganda’s Constitutional Court has issued an important ruling that will significantly affect the future of the crisis caused by the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA. The court upheld the Ugandan Amnesty Act as constitutional and ruled that it should be applied to the trial of former LRA commander Thomas Kwoyelo, the first former LRA member to be prosecuted ...
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