A sanction has been imposed by the U.S. against a rebel leader in the Central African Republic. The announcement was made by the Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in a statement on Friday.
The office of Mr Pompeo imposed the sanctions on Bi Sidi Souleymane also known as Sidiki Abbas, the leader of the Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation (3R) rebel group. According to the statement, the group was accused of committing numerous human rights abuses and displacing thousands in the troubled country since 2015.
The sanctions includes the freezing of the rebel leader’s asset and an impose of a travel ban. The statement also said;
“Today’s action signals that the United States will not tolerate those who commit human rights abuses and will prevent such actors from benefiting from the U.S. financial system,” said the statement.
The move by the U.S. follows similar sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council earlier this week.
Mr Souleyman’s leadership, also witnessed the series of rape, arms trafficking and violence.
“For instance, on 21 May 2019, 3R killed 34 unarmed civilians in three villages, summarily executing adult males,” the UN Security Council said.
“Bi Sidi Souleymane openly confirmed to a UN Entity that he had ordered 3R elements to the villages on the date of the attacks, but did not admit to giving the orders for 3R to kill,” it added.
In 2019, Mr Souleymane had signed a peace agreement and was appointed a military advisor to the government of Prime Minister Firmin Ngrébada.
However, in 2020, he announced the group’s withdrawal from the agreement following a disagreement over his role and returned to the bush.