Kony Campaign: How Can We Turn Awareness Into Action?

March 10, 2012

Joseph Kony Uganda LRA
Joseph Kony (STUART PRICE/AFP/Getty Images)

In the span of just a few days, Invisible Children’s #Kony2012 campaign has generated an avalanche of attention on Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony.

The world should know who Kony is. But Kony is but one fugitive from justice among many, operating in a region faced with systemic human rights challenges requiring effective and transformative action.

Awareness is an important first step. But we need to stop all the Konys of the world.

For more than two decades, Amnesty International has documented crimes committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army and their horrific impact on the lives of thousands of civilians in Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Uganda.

But impunity doesn’t stop there.  Amnesty has documented grave abuses not only in Africa, but also in Syria, Burma (Myanmar), and Sri Lanka, and we’ve called on the international community to hold accountable leaders of governments and armed groups alike who are responsible for those abuses.

How can we pool our efforts to stop those responsible for the world’s worst crimes?  How can we make sure weapons don’t end up in the hands of other Konys?  How can we work with local communities to ensure justice is served?

Join us for an online chat on Tuesday, March 13 from 1-2pm ET / 10-11am PT with our experts Adotei Akwei, Director of Government Relations and International Advocacy, and Scott Edwards, Director of the Tactical Response Unit.

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