Dem senators call for sanctions on Congo
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Democratic senators are calling on the Obama administration to place sanctions on the Democratic Republic of Congo for human rights violations.
Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGOP's Kennedy sends warning shot to Trump nominee Menashi Senate Democrats block government spending bill Kavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw MORE (Ill.) and Sens. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyGOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan Trump administration floats background check proposal to Senate GOP Senate confirms two Treasury nominees over Democratic objections MORE (D-Conn.) and Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyDefense bill talks set to start amid wall fight Kennedy to challenge Markey in Senate primary Overnight Energy: Trump tweets he's revoking California's tailpipe waiver | Move comes as Trump visits state | California prepares for court fight | Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges lawmakers to listen to scientists MORE (D-Mass.), two members of the Foreign Relations committee, introduced a resolution this week calling on Congo’s government to “fulfill its constitutional mandate for a democratic transition of power,” Reuters reported.
The lawmakers want to suspend visas and freeze assets until President Joseph Kabila agrees to a peaceful transition.
“Hopefully we’re together on this,” Flake, chairman of the Africa and Global Health Policy subcommittee, said. “I think we will be. We just want to make sure that whatever we do, pushes in the right direction.”
Kabila is term-limited after serving two terms, but critics say he wants to delay a November election in order to hang onto power, sparking violent protests.
Opponents held a massive rally in Kinshasa, the nation’s capital, last week that devolved into a clash between stone-throwing protesters and security forces, who fired tear gas on the crowd.
An angry protest in Goma, a city in the east, resulted in the death of one protester and one police officer, according to Al Jazeera.