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Sanction Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (Janjaweed) and its leader Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemeti)

On June 3, 2019, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) under the command of Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (aka ‘Hemeti’) fanned out across Khartoum using brute force, including live fire, to disperse unarmed pro-democracy protesters. Within a couple of hours, the heavily armed RSF militia members killed hundreds of protesters and injured nearly thousands. An unknown number of the bodies were tied to rocks and thrown into the Nile. Thus far, 40 bodies were recovered. The militia even attempted to enter the major hospital that received most of the casualties with the purpose of ‘finishing them off”, however, this was resisted by brave unarmed hospital staff and the operation was aborted.
The Janjaweed militia then spread throughout Khartoum terrorizing the unarmed Sudanese people breaking into their homes, raping women at gun point and shooting whoever expresses any resistance.
The militia continued the killing of peaceful protesters and were responsible for the death of at least 10 young protesters and injuring tens of participants in the June 30th demonstrations in Sudan. Despite the recent July 5th, 2019 agreement to establish a civilian transitional government, the heavily armed Janjaweed militia are stationed throughout Khartoum and remain an imminent threat to its citizens.
The recent events in Sudan are part of a lengthy pattern of gross human rights abuses perpetrated against unarmed civilians. By all accounts, Hemeti’s Rapid Support Forces are a reconstituted version of the Janjaweed, which was responsible for government-sanctioned atrocities during the Darfur genocide. In response to the atrocities perpetrated in Darfur, Congress authorized sanctions against individuals determined to be responsible for acts of genocide, war crimes, or crimes against humanity in Darfur through both the Comprehensive Peace in Sudan Act and the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act. Moreover, the provisions of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (Global Magnitsky Act) authorize sanctions against foreign persons responsible for extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violations of internationally recognized human rights against an individual exercising freedom of expression.
Therefore, the United States has several mechanisms through which to sanction Hemeti and the RSF for their actions in Darfur, and more recently in Khartoum. We urge you to support the immediate enactment of appropriate sanctions against Sudan’s Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemeti) and his Janjaweed forces.