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African Union designates Ugandan LRA rebels a terrorist group


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

November 23, 2011 (ADDIS ABABA) – The African Union on Tuesday imposed a formal ban on the Ugandan rebels group - the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), officially designating the notorious group a terrorist organisation.

This is the first time for the 54 member continental bloc to adopt such a ban which aimed to crush the group’s more than two decades long atrocities in Uganda and across the central African region.

The AU-led initiative further called on the UN Security Council to pass similar resolution against the group.

"The (AU’s) Peace and Security Council has decided to declare the LRA a terrorist group in line with the relevant AU instruments and it requests the United Nations Security Council to do the same," the council’s commissioner Ramtane Lamamra said.

In a communiqué the AU Peace and Security Council said that the decision authorises the implementation of the Regional Cooperation Initiative against the Lord’s Resistance Army (RCI-LRA) for an initial period of 6 months starting from the adoption of the present decision.

"The next step would be for all African countries to consider the LRA as such and to enact regulations and legislation that would forbid the activities of the LRA on their national territories and also make it punishable for any individual to assist in any way the LRA to continue its criminal activities," he said.

AU council’s move comes after the UN Security Council last week reiterated its grave concern to ongoing attacks by LRA and strongly condemned to the atrocities being committed further urging the group to cease to all attacks on civilians, release all abductees and called on all remaining members of the group surrender and disarm.

Since LRA became active in 1987 in northern Uganda, the group has caused serious humanitarian and human rights violations across the region including to the killings of thousands, recruitment and use of children, rape, sexual slavery and other sexual violence and abductions in Uganda and also in other parts of Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan

According to a recent UN report, despite being estimated to have fewer than 500 combatants the LRA’s activities have also led to displacement of nearly around 440,000 people.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that in the first eight months of this year the 240 attacks blamed on the LRA led to the death of 130 people and the abduction of 327. The attacks mostly took place in northeastern DRC.


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  • 24 November 2011 08:21, by Bush

    Good news but it should be followed by actions, there are terrorists and what need to be done with terrorists? do we need the USA forces to fight them, the AU forces or only the countries whose citizens are suffering under the threats of this group? This so-called Ping or pinging is always slow and arrogant as if he owns Africa.

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    • 24 November 2011 09:09, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Equatorian boys need to quit LRA gangs and join hands with SPLA to protect the country from infidenelity this LRA will never help at all.

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    • 26 November 2011 03:48, by SSLA/M Supporter

      African Union is very ridicules indeed!! how could that useless union own its decision when its being funded by West and USA! Gadhafi who used to finance it has been got rid off by the enemy of Africa in front of African Union!so what is the use of that ridicules union?

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  • 24 November 2011 08:22, by omoni jr.

    The so called AU is run and controlled by terrorist leaders too. How come they realized and designated L.R.A as terrorist organization at this time and yet LRA killed over thousand of people in the region by AU watch.Now, the AU gangsters wanted to please their master and ask more money in the name of fighting terrorists in Africa. European AND Americans, please do not give any money to AU.

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  • 24 November 2011 12:32, by Gunkills

    AU should also put that move to South Sudan rebels also . Because what they are doing isn’t different from LRA is doing.

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    • 26 November 2011 04:05, by SSLA/M Supporter


      AU can’t do that because they know which South Sudanese tribe is running SSLA/M and who is backing it! Sooner you and kiir will be refugee again in Uganda when we stop the oil production and export by capturing the oil fields in the unity state and then the collapse of your ridicules regime of the illiterate SPLA/M Generals including Kiir in the zoo called Juba! beware!

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      • 27 November 2011 00:51, by Elijah B. Elkan

        Mr. SSLA/M Supporter, It would be refreshing to articulated your comments, and use sentences structures so readers can understand your point. It’s very difficult to follow your logic. If you and cohorts are planing a "coup d’etat" against ROSS. Remember, there consequences, think twice before you make a dreadful mistake.

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  • 24 November 2011 19:06, by Father of earth and heaven

    The AU is weak, tired organization with no powerful objectives to protect its citizens. The LAR have been killing, raping and torturing civilians across Africa in present of the so call AU.

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