Home | News    Wednesday 7 September 2016

EU denies funding Sudanese militia to combat illegal migration

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

September 6, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - The European Union (EU) has denied providing any support to the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) acknowledging support for Sudan’s efforts to combat illegal migration and human trafficking.

JPEG - 21.9 kb
Fighters from the Rapid Support Forces sit in an armed vehicle in Nyala, south Darfur, displaying weapons they say they captured from the Justice and Equality Movement rebels on May 13, 2015 (AFP Photo/Ashraf Shazly)

The RSF, which is widely known as the Janjaweed militias, were originally mobilized by the Sudanese government to quell the insurgency that broke out in Sudan’s western region of Darfur in 2003.

The militia was reactivated and restructured again in August 2013 under the command of NISS to fight the alliance of rebel groups from Darfur region, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states following joint attacks in North and South Kordofan in April 2013.

RSF Commander Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, (aka Hametti) last week said his forces lost about 150 vehicles in patrolling Sudan’s border with Egypt and Libya, stressing that Sudan is fighting illegal migration on behalf of Europe.

On Friday, the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) secretary general Yasser Arman said they received accurate information about a plan named “Khartoum Operation” to fund the RSF from the EU money and particularly from Germany besides providing it with logistical support from Italy.

Last May, Sudan organized the “Khartoum Operation” meeting to combat human trafficking with the participation of 65 persons representing European and African countries besides several United Nations agencies and organizations operating in the field of migration and refugees.

Arman stressed the implementation of the plan began since three months ago, saying it allows the RSF protect the border under the pretext of combating illegal migration to Europe besides stopping human trafficking and fighting against terrorism.

“The plan aims to link these forces [RSF] with Europe’s interests and to stop [illegal] migration and with (Khartoum Operation) project to stop human trafficking. [it seeks] to confer these forces with an international character to cover up genocide and the killings [campaigns] it carried out against Sudanese civilians with an European and international cover” he said.

He described the Khartoum Operation as the “Satanic Plan”, saying its implementation has gone along way particularly with regard to marketing it via media outlets.

However, in a press release extended to Sudan Tribune on Tuesday the EU denied funding the RSF, saying it assists the Sudanese government as part of promoting efforts of African countries to combat illegal migration.

“The EU commitment to enhance cooperation with African countries on migration is firmly anchored within International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law. The EU’s assistance to Sudan is delivered at bilateral and regional levels through international agencies and NGOs, not through the Sudanese Government. No support has never been provided to the Rapid Support Forces,” said the EU.

The EU said it cooperates with the Sudanese government on projects to tackle the root causes of migration, pointing these “ projects contribute to improving livelihoods, stimulating youth employment, and supporting basic services for refugees, the displaced, and host communities”.

“At the regional level, EU cooperation is helping to build capacity to prevent trafficking and smuggling of human beings, to enhance international protection of victims of criminal networks, to raise awareness about the perils of irregular migration, and to increase opportunities for labour migration,” read the press release.

Earlier this year, the EU granted a €100m development package to address the root causes of irregular migration in Sudan. The financial support came after pledge by the Sudanese government to cooperate with Brussels to stop human trafficking to Europe.

Also, in June 2014 the US Department of State hailed Sudan’s efforts in containing and fighting against human trafficking.

SUDAN’S PEACE TALKS

Meanwhile, the EU repeated its call on the Sudanese government, political opposition and the armed groups “to demonstrate the leadership necessary to end the conflicts in Sudan, finalise the Cessation of Hostilities agreements and move towards a process of dialogue as a basis for lasting peace in their country”.

The Sudanese army has been fighting SPLM-N rebels in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states since 2011 and the armed movements in Darfur since 2003.

Last month, the African mediation suspended the latest round of talks between the government and the rebel movements on Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile after the negotiating parties failed to reach agreement on the security arrangements and humanitarian access.

Peace talks are expected to resume in the second week of September.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Sudan’s renegade Sheikh 2017-09-12 12:44:55 By Ahmed H Adam Tensions between the Sudanese regime and militia commander Sheikh Musa Hilal has reached a tipping point in recent weeks. On July 20, Sudanese Vice President Hassabo Abdel (...)

The UN’s WHO knows cholera vaccines have been used effectively: why not in Sudan? 2017-09-09 23:05:26 Eric Reeves The UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) continues in its refusal to call the cholera epidemic that has spread throughout Sudan by its proper name (cholera is caused by the Vibrio (...)

Why a technocratic transitional government in South Sudan? 2017-09-09 07:17:12 Dr Lam Akol The youngest country in the world was born amid great expectations and hopes for the future. These were not day dreams or castles built in the air. The hope was based on the fact (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Amnesty calls to release Nubian activists detained over protest for cultural rights 2017-09-12 20:47:54 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 12 September 2017 Egypt: Release 24 Nubian activists detained after protest calling for respect of their cultural rights Egyptian authorities should (...)

New group formed to gather Nuer in United States 2017-08-17 14:15:50 DECLARATION FOR THE FORMATION OF NUD TO BRING TOGETHER ALL NUER IN THE U.S.A Press Statement The Nuer Union For Development (NUD) The United State of America The State of Nebraska August 15, (...)

A prominent Sudan Women and Civil rights activist passed away 2017-08-14 21:09:47 The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) Khartoum, Sudan-August 14 2017 In the early hours of Saturday 12th August Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim, a renowned Sudanese leader of the (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.