Bi Sidi Souleman himself has also participated in torture.
In a statement on Friday, the United States announced that it has taken action against the notorious leader of a murderous group that has committed numerous human rights abuses and displaced thousands of people in the Central African Republic (CAR) since 2015.
The U.S. sanctioned Bi Sidi Souleymane, a notorious Central African Republic militia leader, for serious human rights abuses and acts of violence. We won't tolerate those who commit human rights abuses and will prevent such actors from benefiting from the U.S. financial system.— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 7, 2020
The United States acted pursuant to Executive Order 13667 and alongside the UN in designating Bi Sidi Souleymane, also known as Sidiki Abbas, who leads the Central African Republic based militia group Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation (3R). On September 27, 2016, 3R raided the village of De Gaulle, killing at least 17 villagers, and raping women and girls.
Souleymane was designated for being responsible for the targeting of women, children, or civilians through the commission of acts of violence, abduction, forced displacement, or attacks on civilian, religious, or locations where civilians are seeking refuge, or through conduct that would constitute a serious abuse or violation of human rights or a violation of international humanitarian law.
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