UN slams LRA violence in Central Africa

2011-07-22 16:01

New York - The UN Security Council condemned on Thursday attacks carried out by Lord's Resistance Army forces across central Africa, saying they threaten regional security.

The 15 Security Council members "expressed their grave concern at the atrocities committed by the LRA, which have serious humanitarian consequences, including the displacement of over 380 000 people across the region".

"The members of the security council demanded an end to all attacks on civilians by the LRA and urged all LRA elements to surrender and disarm," they added in a statement.

The council also commended the efforts by armies from the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Uganda to address the threat posed by the LRA.

Headed since 1988 by Joseph Kony, the LRA is accused of civilian massacres, mutilations and forced enrollment of child soldiers. Today, after being weakened and chased from Uganda, the movement is active in Central Africa and northeastern DRC.

The first war crimes trial in Uganda opened on June 11 in Gulu, in the north of the country, where former LRA commander Thomas Kwoyelo is on trial.