Treasury Places Sanctions on Armed Groups in Congo - Corruption Currents - WSJ


The U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday it placed two groups under sanctions for fomenting conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The groups, Mouvement du 23 Mars, or M23, and Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda, or FDLR, are committing crimes such as killing, maiming and raping children in the country, Treasury said.

Top commanders of both groups, M23’s Bosco Ntaganda and FDLR’s Sylvestre Mudacumura, are wanted by the International Criminal Court, Treasury said.

Following Thursday’s action, taken under a 2006 executive order granting the U.S. the power to target people contributing to the conflict, Americans are banned from supporting M23 and FDLR, and their U.S. assets are frozen.