International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] expressed his support [BBC news report] on Thursday for a campaign by Invisible Children [advocacy website] to capture alleged Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. However, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] cautioned [press release] Friday that "[a]nyone joining the Kony 2012 campaign should insist that efforts to arrest Joseph Kony must respect human rights. It is also vital to make sure that any action ensures the protection of civilians in the surrounding areas." The Kony 2012 campaign initiative is a viral video by Invisible Children that calls for an international effort to arrest Kony, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [BBC backgrounder], so he may be prosecuted by the ICC:
The ICC issued an arrest warrant [text, PDF] against Kony in 2005 on 33 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity including murder, sexual enslavement, rape and abduction. In 2009, ICC stated that it is still seeking to arrest [JURIST report] Kony. He pleaded not guilty [JURIST report] to the allegations against him. Despite ICC's calling for global cooperation [JURIST report] after issuing the warrant to arrest Kony, he has remained at large.