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Military Use of Children: Lord's Resistance Army Watch

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    (Original post by Mrgd291190)
    Latest UN opinion on the matter. Anything happening with this?

    We are in the process of writing a resolution .
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    Cool Just wondering if you had got in touch

    [OOC]How's the UK treating you?[/OOC]
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    The Latest from the LRA

    (Original post by UN News)
    UGANDAN REBELS MURDER, RAPE, MUTILATE, DISPLACE THOUSANDS IN DR CONGO,
    SUDAN – UN

    In a 10-month rampage of killings, rape and mutilation in neighbouring
    countries that may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity, the
    rebel Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), has killed some 1,300
    civilians, abducted 1,400 more, including hundreds of children and women,
    and displaced nearly 300,000 others, the United Nations reported today.

    The dozens of attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and
    southern Sudan by the LRA, notorious for two decades of murderous rampages
    in its homeland, were detailed in two joint reports by the Office of the UN
    High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Mission in the DRC
    (MONUC) and the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) respectively, both calling for
    international action to help halt the slaughter and bring those accountable
    to trial.

    “The brutality employed during the attacks was consistent, deliberate and
    egregious,” the report on Sudan said, stressing that machetes, axes, knives
    and hoes were often the preferred weapon and even babies were killed. It
    cited gruesome witness accounts, including that of a man who “reported
    discovering the mutilated body of a fellow villager. The villager’s leg had
    been chopped off, his jaws had been dislocated and his teeth had been
    pulled out,” it added.

    In DRC, where the LRA killed at least 1,200 people, abducted 1,400 and
    displaced some 230,000 others, dozens of attacks on towns and villages in
    Orientale province from September 2008 to June 2009, involved mutilations,
    torture and multiple rapes. Women and girls were often raped before being
    killed, and many of those who were abducted “were forced to marry LRA
    members, subjected to sexual slavery, or both,” the report on the DRC said.

    People who helped bury the dead in the town of Batande testified to UN
    human rights staff that a dozen women had been found “their hands tied,
    clothes torn and legs apart.” In the most devastating wave of synchronized
    attacks over a period of 24 hours on Christmas Day 2008, in two clusters of
    locations some 400 kilometres apart, two groups of between 100 and 150 LRA
    fighters killed at least 477 civilians and abducted hundreds of others.

    The LRA was formed in the late 1980s in Uganda and for over 15 years its
    attacks were mainly directed against Ugandan civilians and security forces,
    which in 2002 dislodged the rebels, who then exported their rampage to
    Uganda’s neighbours. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued
    arrest warrants for LRA Commander-in-Chief, Joseph Kony, and other senior
    officers on 33 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes.

    The Christmas massacre followed a MONUC-supported joint military involving
    the Congolese army (FARDC), Ugandan and Sudanese troops, and the report
    noted that the terror inflicted by the LRA was compounded by FARDC troops.
    “Displaced persons were also subjected to harassment, extortion, rape and
    summary executions committed by the Congolese security forces,” it said,
    adding that camps sheltering displaced people were also attacked by the
    LRA, causing further displacement.

    The report urges the Congolese Government and its foreign military allies
    to “conduct a realistic assessment of their capacities to defend and
    protect civilian populations” and, with assistance from the international
    community, to implement “a military operation that takes into account the
    duty to protect civilians.”

    It calls on the world community to “assist the DRC to establish a vetting
    system to improve the quality of its security forces and their ability to
    protect civilians” and to “cooperate with the ICC in investigating,
    arresting, and transferring all LRA leaders accused of international
    crimes.”

    According to the report on Sudan, covering the period between December 2008
    and March this year, at least 81 civilians were killed, with many others
    injured, mutilated, raped and abducted, including women and at least 18
    children forced to work as child soldiers, sex slaves, porters and spies.

    Villages were pillaged, often partly or entirely destroyed, and than 38,000
    people were reported to have been displaced within southern Sudan’s Western
    and Central Equatoria states, near the border with the DRC. LRA groups
    entered southern Sudan and neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR),
    after December’s joint offensive against them in DRC, and a further 17,000
    people fled into Sudan.

    In southern Sudan, numerous witnesses described to UN investigators how the
    LRA is operating in groups of between five and 20 individuals armed with
    “bladed weapons” – including machetes, axes, bayonets, knives, hoes, clubs
    and spears – as well as AK–47 automatic rifles and machine guns.

    “In many attacks, they preferred the use of bladed weapons over firearms,”
    the report said, citing the example of attacks on two villages where
    “attackers used pangas [machetes], axes, bayonets, hoes and knives on the
    majority of the victims. They reserved their firearms for those who
    attempted to escape.”

    The LRA attackers “targeted civilians, killing many and causing serious
    injury without regard for sex, age or ethnicity,” it added, noting that
    even babies were killed.

    The report calls on the international community, including regional
    governments, to cooperate with the ICC to search for, arrest and hand over
    the accused LRA leaders. It recommends that UNMIS exercise its protection
    of civilians mandate to prevent further loss of life and continue
    monitoring the situation. It also calls on the Government of Southern Sudan
    to take steps to tackle LRA crimes, as well as to devote adequate resources
    to ensure effective judicial processes to bring perpetrators to justice.

    [OOC]This was a damn good thread and I'd love to see it resurrected.[/OOC]
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    [Ooc} Hey, Morgan. Not too sure what happened. We were writing back and forth then it just kinda died I guess... I'll see what I can do in the next week or so to resurrect it lol. [/ooc]
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    [OOC]No worries, sure you've been busy, was just wondering if anyone else wanted to take it up. If you want to, that's utterly fantastic

    How've you been?[/OOC]
 
 
 
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