Kony / LRA debate in the House of Lords
Lord Alton of Liverpool raised a question in the House of Lords yesterday to highlight the ongoing violence and disruption caused by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army in central Africa. The debate was “to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking with international partners to bring to trial Joseph Kony and other leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army at the International Criminal Court” and a total of 11 influential Lords took part.
We're enormously grateful to Lord Alton - whom we first met in July 2010 when we brought Juliet over from Uganda to speak to politicans, school children and the media about the LRA's reign of terror and its abduction of child soldiers.
Clearly Juliet left a lasting impression on Lord Alton as he cited their meeting as the driving force behind asking for this debate. His address to Parliament opened with this statement:
'My Lords, I first requested this short debate nearly 18 months ago after meeting Juliet, a courageous young woman, on the day that she delivered a letter to the Prime Minister asking for help for victims of Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army. Juliet had been captured by the LRA; she had been raped, and lost her child in childbirth. The British charity, War Child, had brought Juliet to London.'
A full transcript of the debate is available.