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African press review 8 December 2016

The International Criminal Court hears that Dominic Ongwen, accused of crimes against humanity, deliberately chose to remain in the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Uganda's president has approved the military action which caused 116 deaths in an assault on the royal palace in the western Rwenzori kingdom last weekend. Show More Summary

The war-crimes trial riveting Uganda: Can a perpetrator also be a victim?

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

KAMPALA, Uganda — More than two decades ago, Dominic Ongwen was a boy on his way to school in northern Uganda when he was abducted by the brutal rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army and turned into a child soldier. Over the next 25 years, he rose to become the group's most senior commander […]

Former Child Soldier Denies War Crimes In Trial At International Criminal Court

3 days agoNews : The Two-Way

Dominic Ongwen, who was kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army when he was a boy, pleaded not guilty to 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Uganda. He was nicknamed the White Ant.

Ugandan LRA fighter denies atrocity charges, says he was victim

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A Ugandan man accused of being a senior commander in the infamous Lord's Resistance Army pleaded not guilty to murder, rape and other charges on Tuesday, telling the International Criminal Court he had been a victim of the guerrilla group.

In Uganda, the Lord’s Resistance Army is finally weakening. This is what could dismantle it.

In October 2011, President Obama sent 100 U.S. Army Special Forces personnel to central Africa to help the Ugandan military pursue the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and its notorious leader, Joseph Kony. Five years later, although the LRA is much weaker, Kony remains at large, orchestrating attacks against civilians. The Ugandan military, which has been […]

Trial to open at ICC of first LRA warlord

Former child soldier-turned-warlord Dominic Ongwen Tuesday becomes the first member of Uganda's brutal Lord's Resistance Army to go on trial in a landmark case before the International Criminal Court keenly watched by thousands of victims. Show More Summary

Uganda rebel Ongwen: victim turned killer

Abducted by gunmen as a 10-year-old boy on his way to school, Dominic Ongwen rose to become one of the most feared commanders in Uganda's brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The former child soldier, now in his early 40s, goes on trial...Show More Summary

Sex crimes in focus at Hague trial of Ugandan rebel commander

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A top lieutenant of Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony goes on trial in The Hague on Tuesday accused of war crimes ranging from child kidnapping and forced marriage to rape and murder during the rebel group's long rampage in northern Uganda.

This is what can we learn about ISIS from Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army

  We hear a lot about foreign fighters inspired by propaganda and willing to give up their homes to fight for the Islamic State. Less discussed are the Islamic State’s plans for the unwilling, captured in conquest. The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, would much prefer enthusiastic members to coerced subjects, but is it […]

Pilgrim Africa’s Beacon of Hope in Uganda

The Beacon of Hope school opened in Soroti in 2006—the first students were all former abductees of the Lord’s Resistance Army or former LRA soldiers. The last child soldiers graduated in 2014, but the school has continued to focus on assisting the most vulnerable youth in the community.

U.S. says imposes sanctions on warlord Joseph Kony's sons

KAMPALA (Reuters) - The United States said it had imposed economic sanctions on the Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony's two sons, saying they were commanders in the rebel group blamed for extreme violence in a large part of central Africa.

Lord's Resistance Army kidnappings hit six-year high: monitors

DAKAR (Reuters) - Kidnappings in Central Africa by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) hit a six-year high in the first half of 2016 just as Uganda threatened to roll back its involvement in an operation to hunt down the rebels, monitoring groups said on Wednesday.

Lord's Resistance Army rebels kidnap 17 in Central African Republic

BANGUI (Reuters) - Lords Resistance Army rebels have kidnapped 17 people from a village in eastern Central African Republic, a senior local official said on Thursday.

Uganda says will withdraw troops hunting rebels in Central African Republic

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda plans to withdraw by the end of the year troops involved in an operation to hunt down Lord's Resistance Army rebels in Central African Republic, a military spokesman said on Friday.

US Treasury Sanctions Lord’s Resistance Army Terror Group, Freezes Assets

The US Department of the Treasury announced that the United States has imposed an asset freeze and other economic sanctions against the Lord’s Resistance Army terrorist group.

Joseph Kony's LRA is Still Abducting Children, Even After CAR Votes for Peace

9 months agoNews : Newsweek: US

As dawn broke on January 10, a small group of rebel fighters from Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) quietly took up positions along a road near Aza, a small mining community in eastern Central African Republic (CAR). Over the next few hours, they intercepted dozens of unwitting travelers leaving the village by foot and on bicycle. Show More Summary

Joseph Kony Is Still On The Run, Yet His Militia's Child Kidnapping Spree Has Surged

Joseph Kony’s militia The Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, has abducted men, women and children in unprecedented numbers in the Central African Republic this year -- suggesting that the group is trying to refill its ranks with child soldiers...Show More Summary

Joseph Kony's Bodyguard Surrenders in CAR, Ugandan Military Says

10 months agoNews : Newsweek: US

The Ugandan military says that a senior commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) with close links to Joseph Kony has surrendered in Central African Republic (CAR). A statement by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), reported by Reuters on Thursday, said that George Okot had “defected to UPDF” in recent days. Show More Summary

Hague prosecutors seek trial of Lord's Resistance Army ex-commander

11 months agoNews : Reuters: World News

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A former senior rebel commander from the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda will appear before the International Criminal Court on Thursday for a hearing to decide whether his war crimes trial should go ahead.

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