Altaghyeer: Khartoum

Commander of the rapid support forces Mohamed Hamdan Hemedti threatened the European Union with abstaining from participation in countering illegal immigration and human trafficking as long as Europeans didn’t pay money to his troops.

The European Union donated 106 million euros ($USD 131 million) to Sudan through independent charity organizations and relief groups that offer food and health programs to immigrants, as well as for the purpose of training local forces.

Europeans resorting to the use of a militia implicated in crimes against humanity drew sharp criticism from local and international human rights organizations. Human Rights Watch cited accusations made against Sudanese security forces that included “profiting from human trafficking” in a report published in 2014, and accused some police officials of involvement in trafficking Eritrean nationals.

In a televised interview aired on Sudanese national television Hemedti said “there is no international response, so we quit”, pointing out that 65% of human trafficking is carried through Sudan as he clarified that Sudan is a major transit point for illegal immigration to Europe.