A Growth Of Human Rights Violations

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In Northern Uganda there has been a growth of Human Rights violations for the last thirty years due to power of Joseph Kony and the LRA. The Lord 's Resistance Army started when Joseph Kony took over the Holy Spirit Movement, and founded the LRA. The LRA is an army focused on overthrowing the Ugandan government and replacing it with a government rule using the 10 commandments. The LRA has committed constant Human Rights on the citizens of Uganda over the last thirty years. The LRA has kidnapped over 25 thousand children (boys and girls) and forced them to join the LRA. The LRA has been known to ruthlessly destroy villages, to kill the old, and kidnap the young, only to later force the kidnappees to murder or torture their parents and…show more content…
After Lakwena’s exile, Joseph Kony began to lead the movement. Joseph Kony claimed to be Lakwena’s cousin(War Child, Linton House). Without a clear objective Joseph Kony rebranded the movement from the Holy Spirit Movement to the Lord’s Resistance Army(LRA). Joseph Kony intended to take over the Ugandan Government and run the country based on the Christian ten Commandments. Kony’s movement quickly lost support, so he started abducting children to increase the popularity and dominance, thus starting the Human Rights Violations. The Children once kidnapped would be turned into soldiers (boys) or sex slaves(girls). Joseph Kony made it a point of his invasions to violate the basic human rights of the kidnapees as well as their families. The attacks were often without a purpose, only to assert dominance over the rest of the population(War Child, Linton House). The Soldiers would masquerade as military soldiers, or other trusted figures, or wait until the majority of villagers were in one gathered space, and launch their ruthless attacks. The Soldiers would kidnap those who they thought could be useful, and kill those who did not have a significant up side. Joseph Kony’s repeatedly violated human rights, because of his blatant lack of respect or boundaries when pertaining to others(War Child, Linton House). The “raids” on innocent villages often ended with unnecessary and
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