Washington - Sudan appears to be providing shelter to Joseph
Kony, one of the world's most wanted warlords, according to a report released
on Friday by the Washington-based Resolve group.
Kony is the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, which is
infamous for mutilating its victims and abducting children for use as fighters
and sex slaves. It has waged an insurgency against the Ugandan government for
over 25 years.
A self-proclaimed prophet who claims his rebels are fighting
to establish a government based on the Biblical Ten Commandments, Kony and
other LRA leaders face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the
International Criminal Court.
According to Friday's report, "eyewitnesses testify
that elements from Sudan's military actively provided Kony and other LRA
leaders with periodic safe haven in Sudanese-controlled territory from 2009
until at least February 2013".
The report, called "Hidden in Plain Sight", also
included satellite images of a recently-abandoned LRA camp abandoned, where
Kony was last sighted in late 2012, in Sudanese-controlled territory along the
disputed border with South Sudan.
Defectors and other sources told researchers that even while
Kony was in the Sudanese-controlled territories, he "continued to direct
LRA attacks against civilians in neighboring countries."
"As long as Kony is able to find a safe haven in Sudan,
he can avoid pursuit by Ugandan forces by simply crossing the border whenever
they get close," said Michael Poffenberger, Executive Director of The
Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative and one of the report's primary authors.
"Sudan should not be allowed to harbor one of the most
brutal and notorious war criminals in the world with impunity."
The group calls on the international community, including
the United Nations and the African Union, to pressure Sudan to co-operate with
efforts to fight the LRA and strengthen their own efforts against the group.
Earlier this month, the US offered a $5m reward for the
capture of Kony, who Secretary of State John Kerry said would "not be easy