UK, UAE and Ukraine involved in illegal arms deliveries to South Sudan

The Amnesty International human rights organization has found evidence that UK, UAE and Ukraine are involved in illegal arms deliveries to South Sudan, the organization’s Ukrainian department said on Facebook.

The report documents a complex multi-million dollar arms deal involving entities in the UK, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates. While outlining the obligations of Ukraine and UAE to prevent irresponsible arms transfers, the report focuses on the role of a UK ‘front’ or ‘shell’ company, whose name was found on contract documents and an end user certificate. Any involvement of a UK-registered company in arms transfers to South Sudan would be in breach of the EU arms embargo on South Sudan, as well the Arms Trade Treaty, UK domestic law and stated UK policy on South Sudan.

«Amnesty’s new report contains evidence of Ukraine’s involvement in illegal arms deliveries in South Sudan where it is used to kill thousands of civilians. In 2014, Ukrinmash inked a contract with the UAE to supply thousands of machine guns, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades and millions of ammunition to South Sudan,» the report says.

Amnesty International stressed that «participation of the Ukrainian state company in delivering arms to South Sudan runs counter to the Arms Trade Agreement that was signed by Ukraine.»

«As long as the UN Security Council has not introduced full and comprehensive embargo on arms trade with South Sudan, Ukraine has to adhere to the policy proclaimed by it to provide regional and international security and stability. Ukraine has to stop cold arms deliveries and provision of any material and technical help to South Sudan, including equipment, its service and training,» the report stressed.

Amnesty International points out to the numerous destructive results of Ukrainian arms supplements to South Sudan and especially stresses sexual crimes impact women.


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