June 21 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Secretary of the United States Department of State, Antony Blinken, has announced on Tuesday sanctions against the General of the Army of South Sudan James Nando and the governor of the South Sudanese region West Equatoria, Alfred Futuyo, for being involved in kidnappings and sexual violence. .
“As a result of these actions, all property and interests in property of the persons designated today that are subject to the jurisdiction of the United States are blocked, and all persons of the United States are generally prohibited from transacting with the persons designated.” Blinken has clarified in a statement.
Major General Nando is a member of the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces, whose troops have been responsible for at least 64 cases of rape and sexual slavery in Western Equatoria, and kidnapped hundreds of women and girls in 2018.
For their part, the soldiers in charge of Futuyo committed several attacks in the region in 2018 in which they kidnapped 887 civilians and raped 43 of them.
“The United States remains steadfast in its determination to promote accountability for those who violate or abuse human rights, particularly against women and girls,” the statement added.