U.S. Strategy to Stop Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army
Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a briefing on the U.S. strategy to stop Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
While the United States and our regional partners have had great success with the counter-LRA mission, our work is not yet done. 2015 has seen an increase in attacks by LRA forces and increased abductions of civilians. Joseph Kony and several of his top commanders remain at large. Additionally, more than 200,000 civilians are still displaced from their homes, and many lack essential humanitarian assistance.
On July 30, we introduced H. Res. 394 that condemns Joseph Kony and the LRA for continuing to perpetrate crimes against humanity, war crimes, and mass atrocities. A Senate counterpart, S. Res. 237, was introduced by Senators Boozman, Durbin and Inhofe.
For the briefing, we will be joined by representatives of three non-governmental organizations dedicated to raising awareness and ensuring accountability for the atrocities committed by LRA.
If you have any questions please contact Kevin Murphy (for Rep. McGovern) at 202-225-3599 or Kevin.Murphy@mail.house.gov, or Lena Smith (for Rep. Pitts) at 202-225-4576 or Lena.Smith@mail.house.gov.
Paul Ronan, Project Director, The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative
Sasha Lezhnev, Associate Director of Policy for Congo, Great Lakes Region and LRA, The Enough Project
Lisa Dougan, President and CEO, Invisible Children
Sarah Margon, Washington Director, Human Rights Watch