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Sanctions Committee Concerning Democratic Republic of Congo
Adds Four Individuals to Assets Freeze, Travel Ban List
On 1 December 2010, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1533 (2004) concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo added the following four individuals to the List of individuals and entities subject to the measures imposed by paragraphs 13 and 15 of resolution 1596 (2005), as renewed by paragraph 3 of resolution 1952 (2010):
Name (last/first): IYAMUREMYE, Gaston; Alias: Rumuli; Byiringiro Victor Rumuli; Victor Rumuri; Michel Byiringiro; Date of Birth (DOB): 1948; Place of Birth (POB): Musanze District (Northern Province), Rwanda; Alt. POB: Ruhengeri, Rwanda; Passport/Identifying information: Title: Second Vice President of FDLR; Rank: Brigadier General; Current location: Kibua, North Kivu, , Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); Alt. Current location: Aru, DRC. Designation Justification: According to multiple sources, including the UNSC DRC Sanctions Committee’s Group of Experts, Gaston Iyamuremye is the second vice president of the FDLR and is considered a core member of the FDLR military and political leadership. Gaston Iyamuremye also ran Ignace Murwanashyaka’s (President of the FDLR) office in Kibua, DRC until December 2009.
Name (last/first): NSANZUBUKIRE, Félicien; Alias; Fred Irakeza; Date of Birth (DOB): 1967; Place of Birth (POB): Murama, Kinyinya, Rubungo, Kigali, Rwanda; Current location: Uvira-Sange area, Uvira Territory, South Kivu Province, DRC. Designation Justification: According to multiple sources, Félicien Nsanzubukire is the 1st battalion leader of the FDLR. Félicien Nsanzubukire has been a member of the FDLR since at least 1994 and operating in eastern DRC since October 1998. The UNSC DRC Sanction Committee’s Group of Experts reports that Félicien Nsanzubukire supervised and coordinated the trafficking of ammunition and weapons between at least November 2008 and April 2009 from the United Republic of Tanzania, via Lake Tanganyika, to FDLR units based in the Uvira and Fizi areas of South Kivu.
Name (last/first): ZIMURINDA, Innocent; Date of Birth (DOB): September 1, 1972; Alt. DOB: 1975; Place of Birth (POB): Ngungu, Masisi Territory, North Kivu Province, DRC; Current location: Masisi Territory, North Kivu Province, DRC;Passport/Identifying information: Rank: Lieutenant Colonel. According to open-source and official reporting, Lt Col Innocent Zimurinda was an officer in the Congrès National pour la Défense du Peuple (CNDP) which was integrated into the Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo (FARDC) in early 2009. Designation Justification: According to multiple sources, Lt Col Innocent Zimurinda, in his capacity as one of the commanders of the FARDC 231st Brigade, gave orders that resulted in the massacre of over 100 Rwandan refugees, mostly women and children, during an April 2009 military operation in the Shalio area. The UNSC DRC Sanctions Committee’s Group of Experts reported that Lt Col Innocent Zimurinda was witnessed first hand refusing to release three children from his command in Kalehe, on August 29, 2009. According to multiple sources, Lt Col Innocent Zimurinda, prior to the CNDP’s integration into FARDC, participated in a November 2008 CNDP operation that resulted in the massacre of 89 civilians, including women and children, in the region of Kiwanja. In March 2010, 51 human rights groups working in eastern DRC posted a complaint online alleging that Lt Col Innocent Zimurinda was responsible for multiple human rights abuses involving the murder of numerous civilians, including women and children, between February 2007 and August 2007. Lt Col Innocent Zimurinda has also been accused in the same complaint to be responsible for the rape of a large number of women and girls. According to a May 21, 2010, statement by the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict, Innocent Zimurinda has been involved in the arbitrary execution of child soldiers, including during operation Kimia II. According to the same statement, he denied access by the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) to screen troops for minors. According to the UNSC DRC Sanctions Committee’s Group of Experts, Lt Col Zimurinda holds direct and command responsibility for child recruitment and for maintaining children within troops under his command.
Name (last/first): MUGARAGU, Leodomir; Alias: Manzi Leon; Leo Manzi; Date of Birth (DOB): 1954; Alt. DOB: 1953; Place of Birth (POB): Kigali, Rwanda; Alt. POB: Rushashi (Northern Province), Rwanda; Passport/Identifying Information: Title: FDLR/FOCA Chief of Staff; Rank: Brigadier General; Designation Justification: According to open-source and official reporting, Leodomir Mugaragu is the Chief of Staff of the Forces Combattantes Abucunguzi/Combatant Force for the Liberation of Rwanda (FOCA), the FDLR’s armed wing. According to official reporting Mugaragu is a senior planner for FDLR’s military operations in the eastern DRC.
The Committee will continue to update the List on a regular basis. The updated List (dated 1 December 2010) will be available at the following link: www.un.org/sc/committees/1533/pdf/1533_list.pdf.
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