The UN sanctions six people linked to armed movements operating in eastern DRC

On the recommendation of France, the United States and the United Kingdom, six new people, including members of the M23, the Twirwaneho group, the ADF and the FDLR, were placed on the United Nations sanctions list on Tuesday February 20. .

M23 fighters, in eastern DRC in December 2022. AP - Moses Sawasawa

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With our correspondent in Kinshasa,

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Each of the people placed on the United Nations sanctions list on Tuesday February 20 is accused by the Security Council Sanctions Committee of having committed human rights violations and abuses of international humanitarian law, including attacks against civilians, killings, rapes, kidnappings and attacks on schools and hospitals. 

Among the individuals sanctioned is Willy Ngoma, the military spokesperson for the


. This designation is not a first for him. It is already on the sanctions lists of the United States and the European Union. This new sanction further tarnishes the image of the M23, which is still seeking to initiate a direct dialogue with Kinshasa. This movement is also accused by the UN of having caused the deaths of at least 150 civilians over the past three months.

Also sanctioned, Michel Rukunda, alias Makanika, is the commander of the Twirwaneho armed group, active in South Kivu. Despite other sanctions already imposed on him by the United States, his group recently resumed hostilities against Mayi-Mayi militias in the south of Minembwe. United Nations experts also accuse the Twirwaneho group of collaborating with the M23.

Another sanctioned individual is Apollinaire Hakizimana, commander of the FDLR, already under US sanctions due to the threat his group poses to the security of Congolese civilians and Rwanda. Two ADF leaders are also targeted by the sanctions: Ahmad Mahmood Hassan, originally from Tanzania, and Mohamed Ali Nkalubo, of Ugandan origin. Finally, William Amuri Yakutumba, leader of the National Coalition of the People for the Sovereignty of Congo (CNPSC), is also included on the list of people sanctioned. These announcements come against a backdrop of renewed tension in eastern DRC.

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