Press release | Dec. 16, 2019

Global Witness response to news that head of Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces preparing to hand over gold mining areas to Hamdouk government

16th December 2019, London - Commenting on media reports from Sudan that Lieutenant General Mohammed ‘Hemedti’ Hamdan Daglo, head of Sudan’s most powerful militia the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), has started arrangements to hand over gold mining areas in Jabel Amer to the Hamdouk transitional government, Richard Kent, Campaigner at Global Witness, said:

“If true, this news is significant. Just days ago, Global Witness revealed new evidence of Hemedti’s capture of a large part of the gold market in Sudan. We also exposed the RSF’s likely front companies, as well as the purchase of nearly a thousand vehicles with the potential to be weaponised to violently suppress peaceful democratic protests in the country.”

“In our investigation we asked for a fast and genuine move to prevent Hemedti, the RSF militia he leads and its front companies from gaining more revenue – whether from gold, the provision of mercenaries, or transfers from meddling states. This move to hand a large chunk of the gold market back to Sudan’s government is a positive step in the right direction. If it happens, it must be managed carefully and transparently to ensure that money flowing through the gold market in the country goes to Sudan’s people and not into the pockets of corrupt elites.”

/ ENDS