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U.S. sanctions Sudan RSF militia leader for human rights abuses including massacres

Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

By Doug Cunningham

Sept. 6 (UPI) — The U.S. Treasury Department Wednesday sanctioned Abdelrahim Hamdan Dagalo, the leader of Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces, for alleged human rights abuses including massacres and sexual violence.

According to Treasury, the RSF has committed massacres and ethnic killings as well as sexual violence in a civil war with Sudanese Armed Forces that erupted April 15. The U.N. called for an immediate end to the war in order to deliver humanitarian aid to millions of people.

“Today’s action demonstrates Treasury’s commitment to hold accountable those responsible for serious and extensive human rights abuses in Sudan,” Brian E. Nelson, undersecretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement. “The United States urges both sides of the conflict to cease the hostilities and violence perpetuating Sudan’s dire humanitarian crisis.”

Abdelrahim is a high-ranking leader of the RSF. He’s the brother of RSF Commander Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

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