disobedientmedia.com / Kenneth Whittle /
On December 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced new sanctions against human rights abusers and corrupt actors across the globe.
The new executive order, signed by President Donald Trump, was built on the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act passed by Congress last year. The order imposes sanctions on thirteen human rights abusers and corrupt actors, as well as 39 affiliated individuals and entities.
The first individual named, former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, is accused of serious human rights abuses and corruption, including the creation of a terror and assassination squad known as the “Junglers”. Jammeh used the Junglers to kill “…a local religious leader, journalists, members of the political opposition, and former members of the government.”
Jammeh is also responsible for the unlawful withdrawal of nearly $50 million in state funds. In sanctioning Jammeh, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) further announced that it would be sanctioningthe following business entities associated with Jammeh: “Africada Airways, Kanilai Group International, Kanilai Worni Family Farms Ltd, Royal Africa Capital Holding Ltd, Africada Financial Service & Bureau de Change Ltd, Africada Micro-Finance Ltd, Africada Insurance Company, Kora Media Corporation Ltd, Atlantic Pelican Company Ltd, Palm Grove Africa Dev’t Corp. Ltd, Patriot Insurance Brokers Co. Ltd, and Royal Africa Securities Brokerage Co Ltd.”
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