US using sanction policy against DRC
The United States has imposed sanctions on six people who contributed to the recent conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
All these individuals contribute to the current situation in eastern DRC and are accused of human rights violations in many cases, the United States claimed.
The US previously punished three DRC conservation officials for their participation in different actions, including the trafficking of gorillas and chimpanzees.
Officers, Cosma Wilungula Balongelwa, former Director General of the Institute for Conservation of Nature (ICCN), Leonard Muamba Kanda, former Head of Department, former Head of Department of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Congo and ICCN director and Augustin Ngumbi Amuri, CITES director-coordinator and ICCN legal advisor, are among the mentioned people, who the US imposed sanctions on them.
The Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to a third of the world's mountain gorillas, classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The country shares with its neighbors Rwanda and Uganda a tropical rainforest in the volcanic region that is home to around 1,000 mountain gorillas.
Thanks to conversation efforts, the number of the mountain gorillas has increased over the last two decades, which led the IUCN in 2018 to downgrade the status of the great apes from 'critically endangered' to 'endangered' species.