September 6, 2023 (Washington DC) – Today, the U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions on Abdelrahim Hamdan Dagalo, a high-ranking leader of Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF). Dagalo was designated by The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) “for his leadership of an entity whose members have engaged in acts of violence and human rights abuses, including the massacre of civilians, ethnic killings, and use of sexual violence.”
John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry, said: “The strategy to end Sudan’s destructive civil war is broken, in part due to the lack of leverage for the various mediation efforts. Imposing a widening circle of sanctions like the ones the U.S. Treasury Department issued today will provide the U.S. and other mediators the beginnings of influence over the calculations of the warring parties. But quick follow-up is required, sanctioning broader networks on both sides who stand to profit from the conflict and who are responsible for massive human rights abuses.”
Dagalo is the brother of RSF commander Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, widely known as “Hemedti.”For media inquiries or interview requests, please contact: Greg Hittelman, Director of Communications, email@example.com
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Brian Adeba, Senior Policy Advisor at The Sentry, said: “Sanctioning a top leader of the Rapid Support Forces is a move other states should replicate to increase the pressure on the warring sides in the Sudan conflict and put an end to the ongoing violence and human suffering. If the European Union, Britain, and other countries impose similar measures on the key perpetrators of violence, the momentum for peace would be accelerated.”