Washington (Clarity times) The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has published Thursday, December 10, 2020, a list of foreign persons around the world that are directly or indirectly engaging in humans right abuse across several countries in the Western Hemisphere, Middle East, and Eurasia.
Three Haitians Jimmy Cherizier aka Barbecue, along with two former Haitian government officials Fednel Monchery, and Pierre Richard Duplan make this list.
According to the OFAC, widespread violence and growing criminality by armed gangs in Haiti is bolstered by the justice system that does not do anything to prosecute those responsible for attacks on civilians. In addition to that, with the support of local politicians, the gang members repress political dissent in Port-au-Prince and across the country for taking part in anti-government protests. In exchange for attacking people opposing the government, they received money, protection, and weapons that make them better equipped than the Haitian National Police said the OFAC.
As a result of this designation, all property, and interests in the property of Cherizier, Monchery, and Duplan that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked and must be reported to OFAC. In addition, any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by one or more blocked persons are also blocked. The prohibitions include the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any blocked person or the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person according to the U.S Treasury Department.
Jimmy Cherizier aka Barbecue
The report takes into account the November 2018 massacre in La Saline where at least 71 people were killed, over 400 houses were destroyed, and at least seven women were raped by armed gangs. According to the OFAC, Jimmy Cherizier aka Barbecue, a fired police officer, planned and participated in the 2018 La Saline massacre. He is now one of Haiti’s most influential gang leaders and leads an alliance of nine Haitian gangs known as the “G9 alliance.”
Fednel Monchery, a PHTK leader and former executive director of the Ministry of the Interior and Local Authorities, while serving in this role, participated in the planning of the attack. He supplied the gang members with state vehicles to perform their acts of terror. Mr. Monchery also attended a meeting during which weapons to conduct the massacre were distributed to the perpetrators.
Regarding Joseph Pierre Richard Duplan, the former Western Departmental Delegate is accused of being the mastermind behind the La Saline attack. He was seen discussing the attack with armed gang members in the La Saline neighborhood during the violence. Mr. Duplan provided firearms and police uniforms to armed gang members who participated in the killings according to the OFAC report.
The Treasury Department designated those three individuals Cherizier, Monchery, and Duplan on the Global Magnitsky E.O. list for their implications in the la Saline Massacre and other serious human rights abuse