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US Sanctions Central African Republic Rebel, Ali Darassa

The United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Treasury Department announced sanctions against Ali Darassa, for serious human rights abuses

The United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Treasury Department, on Friday Dec. 17,  announced sanctions against Central African Republic militia leader, Ali Darassa, for serious human rights abuses, notably murder, acts of torture, rape, kidnapping, violence against children, and murderous attacks against displaced persons camps.

The sanctions followed an investigation carried out by a media outlet, The Sentry, which detailed generalised violent activities by militia and groups of foreign predators in the Central African Republic, including the Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC) led by Ali Darassa.

The report published by The Sentry this year proved that the UPC had been secretly financed by the Central African Republic affiliate of the French food and drinks conglomerate, Castel Group.

“Today’s announcement by the United States imposing sanctions against Ali Darassa, a brutal warlord and longtime predator implicated in the murder of countless victims of the Central African Republic crisis since 2008, is an encouraging step towards establishing responsibility and justice,” Nathalia Dukhan, principal investigator of The Sentry, declared.

“To reinforce this critical action and create a bigger effect on the lever of efforts towards peace, exemplary sanctions must henceforth be envisaged to target the secret financiers of mass violence such as the Castel Group which seems to have financed the leaders of the UPC for six years to protect their juicy operations as well as the restrained circle of the Central African Republic president who carries the responsibility for mass atrocities committed by the national armed forces allied to the ghost army of the Kremlin in the Central African Republic, the Wagner Group.”

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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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