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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Continuing Human Rights Crisis in LRA-Affected Regions

Date: 
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 2:30pm
Location: 
Room B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building

Announcement

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on the continuing human rights crisis in regions of Africa affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

For more than two decades, the LRA has committed brutal attacks against innocent civilians in Central and East Africa that have destabilized the region and involved systematic killing, displacement, kidnapping, mutilation and rape. Joseph Kony, head of the LRA, and his commanders have abducted tens of thousands of children to serve as child soldiers and sex slaves, forcing them to commit terrible acts, including the murder of their own families.

In addition to assessing the continuing atrocities committed by the LRA, this hearing will examine U.S. policy, including the impact of the deployment of the U.S forces provided to help mitigate and eliminate the threat posed by Joseph Kony and the LRA..

If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or tlhrc@mail.house.gov.

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern Member of Congress Co-Chair, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf Member of Congress Co-Chair, TLHRC

Witnesses

Panel I

  • The Honorable Donald Yamamoto, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • The Honorable Earl Gast, Assistant Administrator for Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Mr. Gregory Pollock, Director, South and East Africa, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, Department of Defense

Panel II

  • Mr. Michael Poffenberger, Co-founder and Executive Director, The Resolve
  • Father Benoit Kinalegu, President, Dungu-Doruma Diocesan Commission for Justice and Peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Sister Angelique Namaika, Coordinator, Mama Bongisa, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Mr. John Prendergast, Co-founder, The Enough Project

PART 1: PANEL I

PART 2: Q & A

PART 3: PANEL II

PART 4: PANEL II AND Q&A

PART 5

112th Congress