SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT END-USER PROTECTIONS OF FIREARMS EXPORTED TO SAUDI ARABIA – EUROPEAN WEAPONS TRANSFERS TO JANJAWEED SUCCESSOR GROUP FROM SUDAN

Bellingcat on 29th August carried a post saying that weapons purchased by Saudi Arabia from Serbia have wound up in the hands of the Sudanese Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and Sudanese army fighting at the Saudi-Yemen border.  The RSF, the successor organisation to the Janjaweed in Sudan, has been accused of war crimes in Sudan.  The investigation raises serious questions about end-user protections of firearms exported to Saudi Arabia, and end-user assurances between the Serbian government and the government of Saudi Arabia for thousands of Serbian-produced Kalashnikov rifles.  The potential diversion of weapons from the Saudi Ministry of Defense — or elements within the Saudi Ministry of Defense — to Sudanese forces comes at a time when Saudi is facing increased scrutiny over their conduct in the war in Yemen.

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/2019/08/28/saudi-arabia-murky-european-weapons-transfers-to-janjaweed-successor-group/

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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