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US sanctions five Rwandan rebels in Congo fighting

US sanctions five Rwandan rebels in Congo fighting

The United States clamped sanctions Wednesday on five Rwandans who it said were political and military leaders of a rebel group said to have participated in the Rwandan genocide and still is blamed for wanton killing in neighboring Congo.
The five were sanctioned under a 2006 executive order designed to punish leaders of Congolese or foreign forces engaged in the prolonged civil war in eastern Congo.
Sylvestre Mudacumura, Callixte Mbarushimana, Pacifique Ntawunguka, Leopold Mujyambere and Stanislas Nzeyimana are members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, the Treasury Department said in announcing the sanctions.
The Treasury ordered the freezing of any assets the five might have within U.S. jurisdiction. The order also bars Americans or U.S.-owned companies from doing business with the five.
The FDLR, which comprises former soldiers of the Rwandan army, began as a Hutu militia that ranged over Rwanda killing Tutsi tribesmen and moderate Hutus in the 1994 attacks that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. FDLR members now are among marauders in the eastern Congo violence.
The Treasury announcement said the United Nations also has included the five under the Security Council's travel ban and assets freeze list.


Updated : 2021-10-26 05:03 GMT+08:00