March 23, 2012
The KONY 2012 video now has nearly 84 million views. The video, produced by the non-profit, Invisible Children , feature’s Joseph Kony, a leader of The Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda. He is currently wanted for war crimes. The video has been the subject of some recent criticism:
Well, the biggest issue that I’ve raised or perhaps the easiest to understand to begin with is that the Lord’s Resistance Army, led by Joseph Kony, was actually forced out of Uganda by the Ugandan military in 2006. So I came to start paying attention to this “Kony 2012” campaign because all of a sudden on all of the places that I monitor – things happening in Uganda – there were these hordes of people saying stop the war in northern Uganda. Let’s go to northern Uganda and get rid of Kony. And there is no war in northern Uganda anymore, not since 2006. The LRA is still what I like to call a regional wrecking ball. It’s still raiding and massacring and abducting in neighboring countries, but northern Uganda itself is peaceful.
For background on Kony, try
Query: TI(“JOSEPH KONY” “LORD RESISTANCE ARMY”) (WORLD-JLR)
This search yields 9 RESULTS. Notably, it looks like most of these are articles are a touch dated, (2002-2006). However, the Harvard Human Rights Journal had a great historical background of the Army and Kony. The article gave a brief background of Joseph Kony:
“The LRA has been active since the late 1980s, when Joseph Kony, a self-proclaimed messianic prophet, began his mission to free the Acholi people of northern Uganda by overthrowing the government and installing a system based on the Biblical Ten Commandments. The LRA was the last of a string of rebel movements that arose after Museveni seized power in 1986.
H. Abigail Moy, The International Criminal Court’s Arrest Warrants and Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army: Renewing the Debate over Amnesty and Complementarity, 19 Harv. Hum. Rts. J. 267 (2006) at 267.
The article also pointed out what crimes the ICC (International Criminal Court) accused Kony of. It states:
“In accordance with the limits on the ICC’s jurisdiction, the Court’s arrest warrants focus on events from 2002 onwards. The ICC alleges that LRA leader Joseph Kony issued specific orders in mid-2002 and late 2003 to attack, kill, loot, and abduct civilian populations, including those living in IDP camps. Luis Moreno Ocampo, the ICC Prosecutor, has submitted evidence supporting the allegation that the LRA commanders named in the warrants directly participated in carrying out these orders. Of the five people identified for arrest, Joseph Kony has the most counts against him: twelve counts of crimes against humanity including murder, enslavement, sexual enslavement, rape, and inhumane acts of inflicting serious bodily injury and suffering, as well as twenty-one counts of war crimes, including cruel treatment of civilians, intentionally directing an attack against a civilian population, pillaging, rape, and the forced enlisting of children.” Id at 268-269.
For more recent information without the You-Tube references, try the following searches:
Query: da(aft 2006) & atleast4(kony) & l.r.a. “lord resistance army”
Database: allnews, rallnewsplus, or blogsod
Query: da(aft 2006) & JOSEPH /2 KONY & L.R.A. “LORD RESISTANCE ARMY” % FACEBOOK YOU-TUBE SOCIAL-MEDIA
The ICC website can be searched as well: