Sudan: Gvt. begins proceedings to prosecute UAE Black Shield accused of forcing Sudanese to fight in Yemen and Libya, following workers'mobilisation

Sudanese lawyers announced on Monday that legal measures had been taken against travel agencies that have contributed to deceiving Sudanese youth by offering them work contracts with the Emirati Black Shield Security Services then transferring them to Libya instead.

The accusations, which have gone viral on Sudanese social media, have highlighted the controversial role of Sudanese militiamen in Yemen and Libya. 

On 25 December 2019, The Guardian published a report on the “involvement” of Abu Dhabi in financing the transport of mercenaries to fight in Libya alongside the militias of retired Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

Recently, the UAE Black Shield Company said, in a statement of which the Anadolu Agency obtained a copy, that it is a private security services company, and denied all allegations of deceiving its workers regarding the nature of the work, its system, its location or its employees.

 

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23 March 2020

Sudan: Victims of Black Shields, security service company call on UAE to issue apology

Author: Middle East Monitor

"Sudan: security firm’s ‘victims’ call on UAE to issue apology", 18th March 2020

Dozens of Sudanese workers who signed contracts with a UAE company have handed over a petition to the Council of Ministers demanding the government to request an official and public apology from the government in Abu Dhabi in addition to the total restitution of the victims’ rights, Andalou Agency has reported.

On 2 March, Sudanese lawyers commenced legal proceedings against travel agencies that took part in the deception by luring them to sign work contracts with the company. The Sudanese Council of Ministers discussed the issue at the end of January as the victims’ families demonstrated on several occasions in the capital, Khartoum.

A statement from Black Shield Security Services insisted that it is a private security service. It denied allegations that it has deceived its staff regarding the nature, system or location of the work for which they have signed a contract.

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23 March 2020

Sudanese begin proceedings to prosecute UAE's Black Shield

Author: Middle East Monitor

"Sudanese begin proceedings to prosecute UAE's Black Shield", March 3rd 2020

Sudanese lawyers announced on Monday that legal measures had been taken against travel agencies that have contributed to deceiving Sudanese youth by offering them work contracts with the Emirati Black Shield Security Services then transferring them to Libya instead.

This came during a press conference held in the capital, Khartoum, by 15 lawyers who presented themselves as a volunteering defence committee that undertook to file a lawsuit on behalf of Sudanese youth who returned from the Emirates.

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28 January 2020

UAE: Protesters allege young Sudanese men are being deceived by security firm & forced into military training camps

Author: Sudan Tribune (Sudan)

"Protest in Khartoum against UAE firm recruiting Sudanese to fight in Libya and Yemen," 27 Jan 2020

[Protesters] demonstrated in Khartoum...to protest against sending young Sudanese men [via] an Emirati company to Libya and Yemen...[to] serve as security guards in the [UAE]. 

Several reports appeared...[from those young men] who returned to Khartoum. Travel[ling] to the UAE after signing a contract with the UAE-based Black Shield Security Services Company to work as [private security guards],...[the young men claim]...they were taken to a...military training camp in the desert...[and subject to] manipulation and pyscological preparatio[n] to convince them to go to [conflict-areas like]...Libya and Yemen. 

Observers in Khartoum estimate that over 300 Sudanese...have left for the UAE under [similar] contracts with [Black Shield Security Services Company].

Black Shield Security Services Company...denied allegations of "deception and misleading" its employees about the nature of the jobs it offers..., [further stating it]..."reserves [the] right to take any legal and judicial measures against [those] who has offended the company".

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