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TREASURY DESIGNATES FIVE INDIVIDUALS
FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE
CONFLICT IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

 

WASHINGTON � The U.S. Department of the Treasury�s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated five individuals who are or were part of the political and military leadership, or a number of the Democratic Republic of Congo�s (DRC) most violent militias. Today�s action was taken pursuant to Executive Order 13413, which targets persons contributing to violence and atrocities that mark the conflict in the DRC. Any assets of the individuals designated today that are within U.S. jurisdiction must be frozen and U.S. persons are prohibited from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these individuals.

Those designated today are Bosco Ntaganda, Thomas Lubanga, Germain Katanga, Matthieu Cui Ngudjolo, and Jules Mutebutsi, who, as leaders of various militias, are responsible for actions involving the targeting of women, children, and other civilians in situations of armed conflict, including through killing, acts of sexual violence and recruitment of child soldiers, among other atrocities.

Bosco Ntaganda recently took over control of the CNDP (National Congress for the Defense of the People) from Laurent Nkunda who is currently under house arrest in Rwanda. Despite his nominal integration into the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC), Ntaganda remains militarily active � and a threat to peace and stability � in the Eastern DRC.  Lubanga, Katanga, and Ngudjolo are currently standing trial at the International Criminal Court in the Hague for their human rights abuses.  Mutebutsi is under house arrest in Rwanda and has yet to be brought to trial for his crimes.


 
Last Updated: 10/1/2010 5:04 PM