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Central Africa: UN, US Impose Sanctions On Rebel Leader Abass Sidiki

The United States Treasury Department, following on the heels of the United Nations Organisation (UNO) imposed sanctions against Central African Republic rebel leader Bi Sidi Souleymane alias Abass Sidiki, on Friday August 7. 

The sanctions against the self-proclaimed General and Coordinator of the 3R (Retour, Réclamation et Réhabilitation) movement follow accusations of killings, torture, rape and other crimes committed by the movement against Central African civilians, which have since 2015 led to the displacement of thousands of people from their areas of residence.

Sidiki is accused of having personally participated in the said crimes.

The sanctions involve the prohibition of the said Sidiki from entering the United States of America and the seizure of all the assets and bank accounts that he may have in America.

The said sanctions follow the report of a committee of experts charged with following the situation in the Central African Republic.

It should be recalled that Bi Sidi Souleymane, alias Abass Sidiki, who is the chief of staff of the 3R movement was one of the signatories of the Political Accord for Peace and Reconciliation in the Central African Republic signed on February 6, 2019 in Bangui between the government of the Central African Republic and fourteen armed groups.

Also included on the black list of the United States and the United Nations are the names of Nourredine Adam, the former chief of the Seleka coalition and founder of the Front Populaire pour la Renaissance de Centrafrique (Popular Force for the Renaissance of the Central African Republic) FPRC, the former president of the Central African Republic Francois Bozize and Abdoulaye Miskine, chief of the Democratic Front of the Central African Republic People (Front Democratique du People Centrafricain) FDPC.

In July, Sidiki, who is also a Minister Counsellor to Prime Minister Firmin Grebada, was accused by the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) of having used anti-personnel and anti-tank mines in an attack against patrols of the UN forces and Central African Republic army in the Northwest region of the country.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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