April 24, 2018: SECO amends two Congo designations

On Tuesday, Swiss regulators amdended the following pairs of sanctions designations made under the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sanctions program:

SSID: 100-38167 Name: Mupompa Alex Kande

DOB: 23 Sep 1950 POB: Kananga, Congo DR Good quality a.k.a.: a) Alexandre Kande Mupomba b) Kande-Mupompa Address: Messidorlaan 217/25, 1180 Uccle, Belgium Nationality: a) Congo DR b) Belgium Identification document: Passport No. OP 0024910, Congo DR, Date of issue: 21 Mar 2016, Expiry date: 20 Mar 2021

Justification: a) As Governor of Kasai CentralCentral until Oct 2017, Alex Kande Mupompa is responsible for the ongoing disproportionate use of force, violent repression and extrajudicial killings committed by security forces and the PNC in Kasai Central from Aug 2016, including the alleged unlawful killings on the territory of Kamiuna Nsapu militia members and civilians in Mwanza Lomba, Kasai Central,Dibaya in Feb 2017. b) Alex Kande Mupompa was therefore involved in planning, directing, or committing acts that constitute serious human rights violations in DRC. Other information: a) DRC and Belgian nationalities. b) Former Governor of Kasai Central. Modifications: Listed on 21 Feb 2018, amended on 24 Apr 2018

SSID: 100-38190 Name: Mende Lambert

DOB: 11 Feb 1953 POB: Okolo, Congo DR Good quality a.k.a.: Lambert Mende Omalanga Nationality: Congo DR Identification document: Diplomatic passport No. DB0001939, Congo DR, Date of issue: 4 May 2017, Expiry date: 3 May 2022

Justification: a) As Communications and Media Minister since 2008, Lambert Mende is responsible for the repressive media policy applied in DRC, which breaches the right to freedom of expression and information and undermines a consensual and peaceful solution towards elections in DRC. On 12 Nov 2016, he adopted a decree limiting the possibility for foreign media outlets to broadcast in the DRC. b) In breach of the political agreement settled on 31 Dec 2016 between the presidential majority and opposition parties, broadcasts have not resumed forof a number of media outlets as at May 2017remained cut off for several months. c) In his capacity as Communications and Media Minister, Lambert Mende is therefore responsible for obstructing a consensual and peaceful solution towards elections in DRC, including by acts of violence, repression or inciting violence, or by undermining the rule of law. Other information: Minister of Communications and Media, and spokesperson of the Government. Modifications: Listed on 21 Feb 2018, amended on 24 Apr 2018

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