The Council of the European Union has newly listed nine individuals pursuant to the European Union’s Democratic Republic of the Congo sanctions regime, for committing human rights violations and abuses, and for perpetuating the armed conflict and instability in the DRC and beyond. The European Union first adopted autonomous restrictive measures in 2016 in response to the suppression of the electoral process and serious human rights violations in the DRC. Among those designated are members of armed factions such as M23, Twirwaneho, the Congolese Armed Forces, and the Rwanda Defence Force. These nine designees bring to twenty-four the number of individuals listed under the DRC sanctions regime. They are subject to a travel ban preventing them from entering or transiting through the European union; their assets are frozen in the European Union, and EU citizens and companies may not make funds available to them either directly or indirectly.
August 1, 2023
EU adds nine individuals to DRC sanctions
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