event UAE's Role in Sudan War Crimes

Event: UAE’s Role in Sudan War Crimes

The Strasbourg Policy Centre is going to host an event titled “UAE’s Role in Sudan War Crimes” in response to recent criticism. It will occur on February 12 from 4 to 6 pm at the Radisson Hotel Napoli. Speakers include Giovanni Barretta, a parliamentary collaborator in the senate and chamber specializing in European affairs from Italy, Luca Antonio Pepe, an international relations expert and parliamentary collaborator, and Daniele Naddei, a European journalist and expert in international and domestic affairs. The panel will discuss and analyze how the UAE contributes to the civil war in Sudan.

The panelists will analyze the increasing and significant influence of the UAE in Sudan. They will illustrate the importance of understanding the UAE’s positions and actions to effectively address and ultimately end the war that began on April 15 last year between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). According to the UN, the quarrel has displaced 7.3m people and killed more than 12,000. The numbers go up day by day. Demise tolls in Darfur are largely unregistered; the actual figure is probably far higher.

It is no unknown that, in recent years, the UAE has emerged as a significant player, not just in the Middle East, where it is utilizing its vast wealth to impact events across the region and worldwide. The United Arab Emirates is widely considered a spoiler in Sudan’s continuing civil war, a backer of the defector Rapid Support Forces (RSF), which have rioted across cities, looting and raping. Recent reports from various sources have provided credible evidence about the role of the UAE in supporting the RSF with weapons and materials.

Emirates’ support for the RSF in Sudan’s civil war is attracting wide criticism from observers who say it is spreading the flames of violence. The UAE’s backing for RSF leader Gen. Mohamed Hamdan “Hemedti” Dagalo has played a crucial role in his battlefield successes. The UAE’s support for the RSF had played a significant role in enabling a group accused of genocide to consolidate its power.

UAE has been utilizing the RSF to advance its interests in the country, which include guaranteeing access to Sudan’s natural resources and opposing the influence of other regional powers. The UAE’s backing for the RSF is just one example of the country’s position as an agent of chaos and flux in the Middle East.

Its backing for mercenaries and paramilitary groups across the region smears a picture of a country that is vigorously fuelling instability and conflict. Rather than fostering stability and security, the UAE’s efforts are contributing to the breakdown of institutions and the advancement of violent non-state actors. It has come to light that the UAE has provided arms to Hemedti’s RSF. The Telegraph wrote that footage appeared of thermobaric shells supplied by the UAE to the RSF and captured by the military.

In mid-December 2023, RSF soldiers took over Wad Madani, the capital of Gezira State in Sudan’s agricultural heartland, with little opposition from the Sudanese Armed Forces. The city southeast of Khartoum had been a sanctuary for people and businesses, such as the banking sector, escaping the violence in the capital region.

On the other hand, SAF commander Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has taken a tough line against the UAE, expelling 15 UAE diplomats in December because of the country’s ongoing support for the RSF.

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