, Dec 8 () –
The United States imposed sanctions on Tuesday against a Ugandan military intelligence chief and five Syrian officials for repression and “serious” human rights abuses.
The Department of the Treasury has informed the commander of the Ugandan Military Intelligence Headquarters Abel Kandiho of the sanctions as a member of an entity that has committed these abuses.
Kandiho along with other officials “have arrested, detained and physically mistreated people in Uganda,” targeting people because of their nationality, political opinions or criticism of the government, the Treasury reported.
“People were arrested and detained, often without legal procedures, in Military Intelligence detention centers, where they were subjected to horrible beatings and other heinous acts by officials, including sexual abuse and electrocutions, often resulting in significant long-term injuries and even death, “he detailed.
In some of these cases, Kandiho was personally involved, leading interrogations of detained people, the Treasury has assured in a statement.
On the other hand, Washington has sanctioned two senior officers of the Syrian Air Force “responsible for attacks with chemical weapons against civilians” and three senior officers who are members of the country’s “repressive security and intelligence apparatus”.
Specifically, the sanctions target Syrian Air Force Major General Tawfiq Muhamad Jadur – who is currently in command of the 22nd Area Division – who is singled out for his role in 2018 at the head of the Dumayr base, from where the base in Eastern Ghouta was bombarded with chemicals, killing civilians.
Muhammad Yussef al Hasuri, Major General of the Syrian Armed Forces is also among those sanctioned for airstrikes, including chemical weapons, that killed Syrian civilians, including the sarin gas bombardment that killed nearly 90 people in Khan Sheikhun in 2017.
Syrian Air Force Intelligence Deputy Director Adib Namer Salamé, described by Washington as “an integral component of the repressive security apparatus of (Syrian President Bashar al) Assad’s regime, as well as Qahtan Jalil, from the same group, is They are also included in the sanctions for cases of corruption and massacres, respectively Officer Kamal al Hassan is also one of those punished for human rights violations.
On the other hand, the United States has announced new sanctions against Iranian officials and organizations for the “violent repression” exercised against “peaceful protesters and prisoners of conscience.”
All property and interests in the property of these individuals that are in the United States or in the possession or control of American persons are blocked and must be reported to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). In addition, any entity that is owned, 50 percent or more, by one or more blocked persons is also blocked, as well as transactions related to those sanctioned are prohibited.