U.S. Mulls Sanctions on Central African Republic

By Abraham Shanedling

Concerned about the escalating situation in Central African Republic, the U.S. Secretary of State has warned that the United States is prepared to impose targeted sanctions against those responsible for the religious violence, according to Reuters

Last week, there were 30 deaths in just three days, according to a statement by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Nearly one million people have already been displaced by fighting that began when Muslim Seleka rebels took power in the majority Christian country.

Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that the United States may impose sanctions against past and present leaders who “pursue their own selfish ends by abetting or encouraging the violence.”