UK sanctions six companies for “fueling” the conflict in Sudan

UK sanctions six companies for "fueling" the conflict in Sudan

July 12 (EUROPA PRESS) –

The United Kingdom Government announced sanctions on Wednesday against a total of six companies for “fueling” the conflict in Sudan by providing “funds and weapons” to both the Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

“These sanctions will ensure that all assets that these conglomerates and companies have in the United Kingdom are frozen,” Downing Street said in a statement accusing these companies of having allowed “the continuation of the fighting” in Sudan.

London has sanctioned Al Junaid, GSK Advance Company and Tradive General Trading, all linked to paramilitary forces. On the other hand, Defense Industries Systems, Sudan Master Technology and Zadna International Company for Investment Limited have been sanctioned for their links to the Armed Forces.

The main objective of London is to achieve “limit the financial freedom” of both the regular Army and the RSF by preventing both the civilian population, as well as companies and the main British banks from dealing with the sanctioned entities.

“The war has been exacerbated and prolonged by the vast financial empires that support the Armed Forces and the RSF. The multi-billion dollar conglomerates of companies associated with both parties have provided them with a constant source of funds and weapons,” the London letter reads.

The UK Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly, has asserted that the sanctions are “directly aimed at those whose actions have destroyed the lives of millions” in the context of a war that affects “innocent civilians”.

The conflict that broke out on April 15 has so far left more than 1,100 dead, according to the Sudanese Ministry of Health, but the real figures could be much higher considering the inter-communal violence unleashed in the Kordofan and Darfur regions.

In addition, more than 2.9 million people have been displaced, including nearly 700,000 who have fled to neighboring countries, according to data released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), amid reports of daily atrocities and large-scale sexual abuse against the women and girls of the country.

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