Amnesty International says Ukraine involved in supplying arms to South Sudan

Source : 112 Ukraine

The statement says that the contract was signed three years ago
20:07, 25 September 2017

Amnesty International claims that a Ukrainian state-owned company supplied arms to South Sudan, which were later used to kill civilians, thus violating the country's international obligations, according to their report.

“S-Profit is named in South Sudanese government documents seen by Amnesty International as the prospective “supplier” to South Sudan of Ukrainian small arms and ammunition worth over US$46m. It is one of three companies named, alongside the UAE-based International Golden Group and the Ukrainian state-owned arms exporter, Ukrinmash. The deal appears to have formed one part of a much larger 2014 commercial deal worth US$169m, including thousands of machine guns, mortars, rocketpropelled grenades and millions of rounds of ammunition. The documents reviewed by Amnesty International show that the UAE-based company entered into a contract to obtain these weapons for the South Sudan Ministry of Defence,” the report says.

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The organization emphasized that the Ukrainian state-owned company violated Ukraine’s international obligations under the Arms Trade Treaty.

“Pending the imposition of a UN Security Council arms embargo, Ukraine must adhere to its stated policies to promote regional and international security and stability through responsible arms transfers, and immediately cease transfers of arms and any logistical assistance to the South Sudanese government, including equipment, maintenance and training provided by its nationals,” the organization urged.

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