Reps. McGovern, Royce Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Spotlighting Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army
H.Res. 583 Builds-off Unprecedented Publicity Push
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) today introduced a Congressional resolution (H.Res. 583) spotlighting the atrocities of Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army and supporting U.S. efforts to counter the LRA.Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) today introduced a Congressional resolution (H.Res. 583) spotlighting the atrocities of Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army and supporting U.S. efforts to counter the LRA.
Last Congress, Reps. McGovern and Royce introduced the House version of the Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act, which passed the House with wide support and was signed into law. This legislation, which made it the policy of the United States "to apprehend or remove Joseph Kony and his top commanders from the battlefield," resulted in unprecedented actions, including the deployment of a small team of U.S. military advisors. Despite these stepped-up efforts, Joseph Kony and his top commanders remain at large.
The LRA’s mutilating, abducting, and forcing individuals into sexual servitude continues. Throughout the group’s history, it is estimated to have forcibly conscripted 66,000 youths.
The McGovern-Royce resolution condemns the LRA’s atrocities and welcomes the steps taken to date. Importantly, it calls for stepped-up efforts to expand the number of regional forces deployed to protect civilians and pursue LRA commanders, while increasing cross-border coordination among regional governments. The resolution also calls for increased efforts to enhance the mobility and logistical capabilities of partner forces, while expanding access to telecommunications infrastructure to aid early warning efforts. The full text of the resolution can be found here.
Rep. Jim McGovern is the Co-Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Rep. Ed Royce is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a former Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa.