Security Council condemns ongoing attacks and atrocities by Lord’s Resistance Army

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The Security Council has strongly condemned the ongoing attacks and atrocities carried out by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and their continued violations of international humanitarian law and abuses of human rights.

In a presidential statement Wednesday, the Council stressed that these actions pose a significant threat to the civilian population, in particular women and children, and have serious humanitarian and human rights consequences, including the displacement of 443,000 people across LRA-affected areas.

The Council condemned the recruitment and use of children, killing and maiming, rape, sexual slavery and other sexual violence, and abductions.

The Council demanded an immediate end to all attacks by the LRA, particularly those on civilians, urged LRA leaders to release all those abducted, and insisted that all LRA elements put an end to such practices, and disarm and demobilise.

The Security Council also reiterated its support for the United Nations Regional Strategy to Address the Threat and impact of the Activities of the LRA and urged swift implementation of the five strategic areas of intervention identified in the strategy.

The Council urged the United Nations Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), the United Nations political and peacekeeping missions in the region and other relevant United Nations presences to coordinate their efforts in support of the implementation of the strategy.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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