US sanctions ADF leader Baluku, 5 key members

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Some of the ADF top commanders

US has placed sanctions against five members of the Ugandan rebel group Allied Democratic Forces [ADF] including the leader of the movement, Musa Baluku.

The United States announced on December 10 new sanctions against 18 individuals accused of human rights violations in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Washington has decided to target members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

Human rights abuse

For more than two decades, the ADF has engaged in serious human rights abuse, committing mass rape, torture, killings, and persistent civilian abductions.

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In 2014, U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the United Nations designated the ADF, an armed group active in the DRC, for targeting children in situations of armed conflict, including through killing, rape, abduction, and forced displacement impacting the Great Lakes region.

The ADF continues to perpetuate widespread violence and innumerable human rights abuse including the abduction, recruitment, and use of children during attacks and other violent operations. 

Additionally, the ADF’s overnight raids and abduction of civilians has not abated.

On Tuesday, OFAC designated Musa Baluku, a leader of the ADF, and targeting five key ADF members who have materially assisted the ADF through recruitment, logistics, administration, financing, intelligence, and operations coordination. 

The U.S. Government stands by the DRC government in its efforts to counter armed groups and to bring stability, peace, and prosperity to DRC by countering the ADF and other groups attempting to further destabilize the country. 

This action is intended to limit the financial dealings and access of key ADF leadership and aligns with the DRC government’s broad objectives to tackle ongoing insecurity in eastern DRC.

Targets

Musa Baluku is the leader of the ADF, an entity that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, serious human rights abuse related to his tenure.

Amigo Kibirige has materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, the ADF, an entity that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, serious human rights abuse.

Muhammed Lumisa has materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, the ADF, an entity that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, serious human rights abuse.

Elias Segujja has materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, the ADF, an entity that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, serious human rights abuse.

Kayiira Muhammad has materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, the ADF, an entity that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, serious human rights abuse.

Amisi Kasadha has materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, the ADF, an entity that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, serious human rights abuse.

Sanctions implications

All property and interests in property of the individuals named above, and of any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by them, individually, or with other designated persons, that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons, are blocked and must be reported to OFAC. 

Unless authorised by a general or specific license issued by OFAC or otherwise exempt, OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all transactions by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of designated or otherwise blocked persons.

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