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Kony video should be commended: Queen's University war crimes expert


Queen’s University international war crimes expert professor Darryl Robinson is available to comment on Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony and on the film created by Invisible Children that has gone viral. The video is asking the world to help capture Kony, one of the world’s most wanted criminals.

Mr. Robinson worked for the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague and is familiar with the Lord’s Resistance Army and Kony.

“The video and the organizers have been subjected to an array of intense criticisms. The intensity and diversity of the criticisms are puzzling,” says Professor Robinson of Queen’s University Faculty of Law.  “It is true that the video is simplistic and reflects a perspective of an earnest young American lacking full sensitivity to the context. However, we should not let the negative drown out the positive. It is simply a very brief introduction, giving many people their first exposure to the issue. The essential information presented, particularly about the large-scale and atrocious crimes instigated by Kony, is accurate.”
“More importantly, the video is part of a strategy – a potentially very effective strategy – to create public pressure to induce governments in a position to act to provide effective help. The effort should be commended rather than condemned.”

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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