Central African Republic: United States sanctions militia leader Ali Darassa

Central African Republic: United States sanctions militia leader Ali Darassa

The U.S. government on Friday has imposed sanctions on Ali Darassa, the leader of the Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC), whose forces are accused of murder, torture, rape and kidnapping.

The United States, the United Nations and human rights groups have accused UPC fighters of killing at least 112 people when they attacked a camp for internally displaced persons in the town of Alindao in 2018.

“Under Darassa’s leadership, the UPC militia has committed brutal atrocities against civilians,” the director of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, Andrea M. Gacki, said in a statement.

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“The United States will continue to target and expose human rights abusers, including those contributing to the humanitarian crisis in CAR, ” he added.

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