(Washington, DC) – The Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) slaughtered 96 civilians and abducted dozens more between January and early April 2010 in a brutal killing campaign in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Human Rights Watch said today. There has been no letup of LRA atrocities since Human Rights Watch reported on a deadly LRA rampage that took place in December 2009.
Human Rights Watch urged the US government to swiftly implement the new legislation to develop a comprehensive strategy to protect civilians in Central Africa from LRA attacks, to ensure the rule of law, and, together with regional governments, to take steps to end violence by the rebel group. Last week, the US Congress passed the bill, the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009, with broad bipartisan support. President Barack Obama is expected to sign it soon.