Saudi Cargo Ship Departs from European Ports Loaded w/ Weapons & Munitions Destined for Yemen

(AI) – Reacting to the onward voyage of the Saudi Arabian state shipping company’s vessel, the Bahri Yanbu, from the Spanish port of Santander this afternoon, Ara Marcen Naval, Deputy Director for Arms Control and Human Rights at Amnesty International, said:

Laden with arms that will likely be used in the war in Yemen, the Bahri Yanbu has been bouncing off European ports like a pinball. After loading up with Belgian munitions in Antwerp, it has visited or attempted to visit ports in the UK, France and now Spain, and is due to dock at the Italian port of Genoa later this week. This is a serious test of EU countries’ resolve to uphold their obligations under the Arms Trade Treaty and EU Common Position on Arms Exports. Several states have failed this test in the space of just a few days.

No EU state should be making the deadly decision to authorize the transfer or transit of arms to a conflict where there is a clear risk they will be used in war crimes and other serious violations of international law.

The Bahri Yanbu’s voyage reminds us that states prefer to allow the lucrative global arms trade to continue to operate behind a veil of secrecy. But this veil is not impenetrable, and Amnesty International and its partners will continue to closely monitor developments and denounce states for flouting their international legal obligations.

Background

In Yemen, the Saudi Arabia/UAE-led Coalition has used arms imports to contribute to thousands of civilian deaths and injuries, including as a result of attacks that violated international humanitarian law. This has exacerbated the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, where 2.2 million people have been displaced and 22 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Read More – The War In Yemen, The Media’s Forgotten War: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/09/yemen-the-forgotten-war/

According to the EU’s reporting on arms exports, EU member states issued at least 607 licences worth over 15.8 billion euros to Saudi Arabia in 2016. The main European exporters of conventional arms to Saudi Arabia include the UK, France, Spain, Italy and Bulgaria. Between 2013 and 2018, Saudi Arabia accounted for nearly half of the UK’s and a third of Belgium’s arms exports. Other countries – including Germany, the Netherlands and Norway – have started to restrict weapons sales to the Saudi and UAE-led coalition.

According to a published export schedule for Saudi Arabian state-owned shipping vessels, the Bahri Yanbu set sail from Corpus Christi, USA on 2 April 2019, destined for Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. It then called at several other US ports and one Canadian port before crossing the Atlantic and stopping in Germany, Belgium and the UK in early May.

On 3 May, it was reportedly loaded with six containers of Belgian-manufactured munitions at Antwerp, before continuing on to France. It was due to dock at the French port of Le Havre to receive additional arms on 8 May, but following legal action by French NGOs and increased public scrutiny, it continued its voyage without stopping in France, and made an unscheduled stop at Santander in northern Spain on 12-13 May. Its next scheduled port of call is in Genoa, Italy, now expected on or after 18 May.

Read More – The Yemen Papers, Classified Documents from French MoD Published Online: https://roguemedia.co/?s=yemen+papers&x=13&y=12

Amnesty International activists in Belgium, France, Spain and Italy have been monitoring the Bahri Yanbu’s voyage around Europe. The activists have joined protests and co-authored a letter to the Spanish authorities to call on them not to authorize its transit through Spanish waters. The organization will highlight the apparent ATT and EU Common Position violations at a 17 May meeting of the European Council’s Working Party on Conventional Arms Exports.

Saudi Weapons Export Schedule – April to May 2019:

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UN Investigation: The War In Yemen Has Killed 233,000 Individuals Between 2015 & 2019

Earlier this week, April 23rd, the United Nations Department of Arab States released the contents of a year long study into the effects of years of War on the peoples of Yemen. Commissioned by the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures, Josef Korbel School of International Studies and University of Denver, researchers did their best to quantify the effects years of War have have had on the Yemeni population – both on and off the battlefield. Officially entitled the “Impact of War on Development in Yemen,” the 68 page study broke down a number of key statistics from the past leading up to today, in an effort to predict/project what the statistics might look like in the future if the War continues on as is, undeterred throughout the future.Below you can key highlights taken away from the study, along with access to the full study in its entirety.

Key Findings/Takeaways:

– By the end of 2019, fighting/combat in Yemen will have claimed about 102,000 casualties.
– About 131,000 have died from the side effects War – disease, famine, lack of water – between 2015 & 2019.
– The combined death toll, from fighting and disease, is 233,000 – or 0.8% of Yemen’s combined population.
1 child dies from the effects of War and its side effects every 11 minutes and 54 seconds.
– If fighting continues undeterred, by 2030 the death toll would reach 1.8 million, the economy would have lost $657 billion, 84% of Yemenis would be malnourished and 71% would live in extreme poverty.

Download Full Study: http://www.arabstates.undp.org/content/dam/rbas/doc/Crisis%20prevention/FINAL%20UNDP-Y_FullReport_041919_print-compressed.pdf

Browse Study:

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The Yemen Papers: Classified Military Documents from French MoD Published Online

Earlier this morning, April 15th 2019, a non-Governmental Organization (NGO) going by the name of Disclose released a small cache of classified military documents outlining the French Governments role in the Yemen Civil War and the tragedy currently unfolding there. Officially entitled “The Yemen Papers” and comprising of 15 pages of classified material, the leaked documents outline France’s role in providing weapons and munitions to Saudi Forces and the United Arab Emirates for use in Yemen, whom have then turned around and used these weapons in countless War Crimes in the country.

In addition to publishing the documents, which have been consolidated and reloaded through this site to be accessible/browse-able to the public, Disclose has also set up an interactive website called “Made-In-France” to give readers more perspective on the leaked documents and the circumstances surrounding them – including the documentation of War Crimes carried out in and around the country over the course of the last several years. Both the website and leaks are world class, so I have made accessing them easy – see the information directly below.

Made In France – Yemen Papers Release: https://made-in-france.disclose.ngo/en/chapter/yemen-papers

Download/Own Yemen Papers Docs: https://roguemedia.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Yemen-Papers.pdf

As was previously explained by Julian Assange in 2017, following the release of other classified documents known as The Yemen Files, “Yemen is of significant strategic interest as Yemen controls a narrow choke-point to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal through which 11% of the world’s petroleum passes each day. In addition, Yemen borders Saudi Arabia (to the north) and Oman (to the east) and has access to the Arabian Sea, through which another 20% of the world’s petroleum passes from the Strait of Hormuz (including the oil of Saudi Arabia and Iran). Saudi Arabia seeks to control a port in Yemen to avoid the potential constriction of its oil shipments by by Iran along the Strait of Hormuz or by countries which can control its other oil shipment path along the Red Sea.

Adding that “the Yemen Files offer documentary evidence of the US arming, training and funding of Yemeni forces in the years building up to the war. The documents reveal, among other things, procurement of many different weapon types: aircraft, vessels, vehicles, proposals for maritime border security control and Yemeni procurement of US biometric systems.” Similarly, the documents released today outline the true extent to which France has gone about arming different militant groups/factions currently fighting in the Yemen Civil War.

Learn More – The Yemen Files (11/25/2017): https://wikileaks.org/yemen-files/document/

Browse Yemen Papers Release 4/25/2019:

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As was also reported by Amnesty International earlier today,

“These leaked documents provide clear evidence that French military equipment supplied to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is being widely used in the conflict in Yemen. Despite overwhelming evidence, Western arms supplied to the Saudi Arabia and UAE-led Coalition are being used to commit or facilitate possible war crimes and other serious violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen, states such as France have shamelessly flouted their international obligations by continuing to supply arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE in violation of the Arms Trade Treaty.

Amnesty International’s repeated calls on the French Ministry of Defence to be transparent about French arms transfers since the conflict began have fallen on deaf ears. The information made public today should spur the French government to immediately suspend all arms transfers that could be used by any of the warring parties in Yemen – once and for all.”

Amnesty International has previously published an investigative report entitled “When Arms Go Astray,” outlining the destruction caused by US and European weapons shipments into Yemen at the hands of UAE and Saudi forces.

Read Full Investigation – When Arms Go Astray: https://arms-uae.amnesty.org/en/

As Amnesty International is also quick to point out, more than a quarter of a million people have signed Amnesty International’s petition calling on their governments to immediately stop arms transfers to Saudi Arabia and UAE.

Sign The Petition Here: https://www.amnesty.fr/controle-des-armes/petitions/yemen-stop-aux-ventes-darmes-francaises

You can also learn more about the situation in Yemen and other international efforts to stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia and UAE through the links/resources provided below.

Rogue Media Labs – Yemen Results: https://roguemedia.co/?s=Yemen&x=0&y=0

Learn More – Court Rules Criminal Complaint Against UK Parliament for Arming Saudi Arabia In Yemen Civil War Can Move Forward: https://roguemedia.co/2019/04/10/court-rules-criminal-complaint-against-uk-parliament-for-arming-saudi-arabia-in-yemen-civil-war-can-move-forward/

 

Court Rules Criminal Complaint Against UK Parliament for Arming Saudi Arabia In Yemen Civil War Can Move Forward

(HRW) – Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and RW UK intervened in a court case beginning today that is challenging the United Kingdom’s continued sale of arms to Saudi Arabia. The case is being heard by the Court of Appeal for three days starting on April 9, 2019.

Copy of Criminal Case Against UK: https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/supporting_resources/ngos_challenge_saudi_arms_sale.pdf

The landmark case, brought by the UK-based Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), seeks to establish that the UK government is breaking its own arms export licensing criteria by continuing to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, given the clear risk that the weapons would be used to commit serious violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen. The High Court in London dismissed the case in 2017, but the Campaign Against Arms Trade won the right to appeal, and the three groups, along with Oxfam, again received permission to intervene.

The UK government says it has very rigorous arms controls, yet weapons continue to be sold to Saudi Arabia despite considerable evidence of Saudi-led coalition abuses in Yemen,” said Clive Baldwin, senior legal adviser at Human Rights Watch. “This case is a key opportunity to make sure that the UK rules on arms sales are being properly applied to Saudi Arabia.” The three organizations are intervening to address the meaning of the term “clear risk” of a serious violation of international humanitarian law, which governs when arms sales should not take place. They also intend to set out the importance for the UK government and other decision-makers to take into consideration research and reports on the abuses in the war in Yemen by the United Nations and by nongovernmental groups.

Since the coalition began its aerial campaign in Yemen in March 2015, the UK has licensed at least £4.7 billion (US$6.1 billion) worth of arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Human Rights Watch researchers have regularly visited Yemen and documented the use of weapons, including weapons made in the UK, in strikes that appeared to be unlawful. The UN, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Yemeni rights groups have repeatedly documented unlawful attacks by the coalition that have hit homes, markets, schools, and hospitals, and killed and wounded many civilians.

Since 2016, Human Rights Watch has called for all countries to end arms sales to Saudi Arabia until the Saudi-led coalition ends its unlawful attacks and credibly investigates those that have already occurred. A growing number of European countries have halted sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia, including Germany, the Netherlands, and Austria.

The organizations are represented by Deighton Pierce Glynn, Jemima Stratford QC, Nikolaus Grubeck and Anthony Jones.

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Exclusive: Understanding What’s Happening Inside Sudan from Those Currently Living Through The Revolution

Over the course of the last several days and weeks I’ve been blessed to find many new friends from all corners of the world, all working together to raise awareness on behalf of the people of Sudan and help them in their quest for freedom. For the purposes of this article I’d like to draw attention to three recent developments in the world of online activism and journalism. The first is a live a report on the ground inside Sudan’s capital city of Khartoum as the protests and brutalities continue. The second is the transcript of an interview I recently held with a Sudanese politician currently sanctioned on Omar al-Bashir’s national “Blacklist” and lastly are all the most recent developments surrounding #OpSudan as the international fight against Omar al-Bashir’s Government continues.

Part 1

The first part of this article is a live report on the ground from inside Sudan’s capital city of Khartoum, from the same source whom has leaked me information on two separate occasions throughout the past. His updates highlight the violent crackdowns against Sudanese students and protesters alike, which seemingly continue to worsen by the day:

Image may contain: ‎1 person, ‎text that says '‎مستهر القل ماذال راس �ي رصاص قنص اليوم واعتنالات ضرب‎'‎‎
Translation:The Killing Continues. Today sniper shot in the head. Hit and arrests.

I was sent the original video of the following clips, but for the safety of my contact can not provide it. Instead, here is the video republished by other sources on social media:

Part 2

In the second part of this article I would like to feature a recent conversation I had with a political activist living inside Sudan whom has been fighting for regime change for many years now. While I will keep their identity “Anonymous,” the source below is currently on a no-fly list – essentially sanctioned/blacklisted by the Government of Bashir. I bring attention to our exchange because I think it paints an extremely unique and accurate depiction of the events leading up to the 2018/2019 Sudanese revolution, as well as the state of mind of the people behind it.

What you should know about the situation inside Sudan is that Omar al-Bashir has begun running out of options. In fact, Bashir has now become so far backed into a corner that hes begun selling his soul to anyone willing to buy. For example, Bashir has recently sold land, territory and islands to Egypt to raise money. He is also currently offering infantry units/soldiers to Saudi Arabia in Yemen in exchange for Saudi Arabia’s continued protection of him in Sudan. He has also outsourced hundreds of millions of dollars in mining contracts to foreign countries including China and the Philippians just to raise enough money to finance his own Government.

In summery, the people of Sudan are outraged because, despite soaring poverty rates and a severe lack of resources, Bashir only continues to steal more wealth away from the country by outsourcing jobs, resources and contracts to foreign countries/governments – every single one of which takes away from Sudanese citizens and/or businesses. Not only is Bashir sabotaging his own economy by doing so, but on top of this he’s personally financing a War Effort in Yemen whilst also spending millions more to hire foreign contractors just spy on and hack his own citizens. This is all time, money and resources spent in vein, to the direct detriment of the people of Sudan. Consequentially, this is why so many people are demanding his resignation and have begun revolting against him in 2018/2019.

Transcript w/ Anonymous Journalist:

Me: Bashir knows it’s over
It took Kabila how many years to step down?
In DRC
So Bashir will take time
Certainly not in 2019, but 2020

The UK already offered to pardon him for his war crimes and he still hasn’t stepped down

Me: Yeah, the ICC is a joke

he’s replaced his old cabinet with new ones and said the marshal law will last a year long, while the government crackdown on civilians and their movements has only grown.

Me: Russia pulled it’s signature from Rome Statute b/c even they know the ICC is just a power play, all they do is persecute African nations, as if the UK or US have no blood on their hands for all their Wars
I told Interpol I was going to try and arrest al-Sisi
When he came here to nyc
Was a stunt, but something did come from it, hold on

Source: https://roguemedia.co/2018/11/05/france-issues-arrest-warrants-for-senior-level-officials-of-assad-regime-in-syria/

It’s complete bureaucracy tbh I mean Omar al-Bashir has been travelling a lot lately and while Sudan is sanctioned because of his actions, countries that welcome him don’t receive these sanctions

He’s proved his authority over the ICC by travelling to Qatar, Saudi, UAE and a few other countries within the past few months

Me: What’s the other side of the story?
How many supports does Bashir have?
Like does 50% of the country support him? 15%, 5%

The case against Bashir isn’t the fact whether people want him or not but the human rights violations he’s committed in his reign
currently its less than 20% that is, while the true percentage remains unkown because people going to his rallies receive transportation, food, funding and welfare.
He’s also added several protesters on the no fly list including me :joy:
which is weird since he should want us to leave.

Me: I know Sudan is allied with Russia, that is essentially allied with Qatar, Syria, Palestine

Sudan is allied with malaysia and China as well.

Me: But UAE and Saudi Arabia are different allies

UAE and Saudi are allied with Sudan because Sudan sends soldiers to the front-lines in Yemen
we’re fighting their dirty war.

While china and Malaysia monopolize Sudan’s resources.

Me: China exploits Africa, they build construction in Ethiopia like gran Renaissance Dam, mine Ghana, mine everywhere
China sees so much potential in Africa but steal all the money from Africans
Money and jobs

yup. I mean its capatilism after all, if it wasn’t china, it would be the US or russia

Me: Can you send me information on this? Sudan soldiers in Yemen
I would greatly appreciate

Sudan isn’t that great either, since most of the south’s instability is Due to the north.
Sure thing.

There’s even a video
of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed
with Omer Al bashir
saying that “Sudan has helped us in the war in yemen by Sending us soldiers who we are proud to say are on the front lines of the war”

Me: If you can please send all that and more
I never heard any of that

Video of Bashir’s statements below

Me: No problem, if you can, could you send some articles on bashir use of military in Yemen or abroad, news sources or stories from inside the country

since Saudi and Egypt starting giving up protesters to Bashir
Our news doesn’t cover that But I’ll get you some credible sources from global news
our news is controlled by his regime so it only covers stuff everyone knows or fabricated stories

Me: I was actually hoping to see you here, you have any proof or articles of bashir hiring UAE or Saudi Arabia to spy on people in Sudan

Yes

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20181230-nyt-child-troops-from-sudan-used-in-saudi-war-in-yemen/

https://globalnews.ca/news/4818523/yemen-saudi-sudan-child-soldiers/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-sudan-saudi/sudan-says-committed-to-yemen-military-campaign-weeks-after-signaling-doubts-idUSKCN1IP1HO

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20181219-despite-sending-troops-bashir-reiterates-sudan-support-for-political-solution-in-yemen/

Me: Why is Sudan in Yemen, I’ve seen Somalians executed at sea, fleeing Yemen after they left Somalia for a better life. Dozens executed in boats at sea, just slaughtered, is Sudan in Yemen as a way of protecting against refugees from Somalia?

according to H.H Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, commonly known as MBZ or MbZ, who is the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces the Sudanese offered to fight in the frontlines so it wasn’t something requested by the Arab League.

The interview was dated 2 years ago and posted on the local broadcast television of respective countries, since then more news began to surface in online publications

Me: But what’s the end game? Sudan doesn’t even border Yemen. They have so few resources why finance a war effort like that?
Trying to impress Muslim ranks or something?

Sudan has always played both sides politically with Qatar and Saudi Arabia, The Sudanese President even went as far as appointed a Saudi National as one of his lead councils. Regularly visiting Qatar, Saudi and recently even having President Erdogan visit Sudan.

I think the president is just pupiteered by personal interest and security.
Turkey has already supposedly bought an island a few months ago which is on Sudanese soil, while Sudan gave up part of a bordering territory to Egypt since Egypt has been the one governing that territory its only in recent years have they realized about this issue. The main import/export port in Port Sudan was licensed to a Filipino company who will manage it.

I know but I don’t see how that could work.
The major issue has always been between the Sunni and Shia Muslims not within the Sunni Muslims themselves and as of right now its an issue of containing the Arab spring.
Look at Tunisia for example
Or Algeria

Me: What is Sudan’s top export? I was going to say Qatar and Saudi are on two sides of the war

Sudans Exports are Arabic Gum and its the worlds 2nd largest African exporter of gold.

Me: And they sold gold mining to Philippines?

they sold the port that deals with all the import and exports
so now all the profits go to a philipino company.
we also have uranium, but cant find resources for it

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/sudan-to-cooperate-with-china-in-uranium-projects-3474566

Me: I was telling you about China in Ethiopia and Ghana.
Modern economic imperialism

www.wise-uranium.org/upafr.html
this website is blocked idk why
New Uranium Mining Projects – Africa
www.wise-uranium.org/upafr.html
Russia and China consider joint exploitation of uranium deposits in Africa …… In Sudan, uranium prospection and exploration is being performed by Brinkley …
‎Botswana · ‎Central African Rep. · ‎Congo, Dem. Rep. · ‎Egypt

People also search for
uranium in africa map
wise uranium
goviex uranium
uranium price per gram
areva
african country with rich uranium deposits

Me: I think I am getting the framework of my next article

idk how you can write that much :ok_hand: but its good reads

The meeting “discussed the opening of investment in uranium after consultations with the security authorities,” Alsir said.
Alsir didn’t elaborate on foreign partners that the government consider to mine the nuclear fuel in Sudan and under which conditions. Sudan does not have the needed technology to develop this industry. this is from an article in

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article64929

Part 3

In this last part of the article I would like to draw attention to recent developments surrounding #OpSudan, an international hacking campaign designed to interfere with Omar al-Bashir and his Government by any means necessary. Most recently, over the course of the last 36 hours or so, “Al1ne3737” of the international hacking group known as “Pryzraky” has released a series of hacks and leaks effecting 3 Government agencies, 3 public universities and 1 public oil refinery.

The first round of hacks/leaks on February 28th didn’t necessarily reveal too much personal information. Rather, Al1ne3737 simply just leaked the vulnerabilities and point of failures attached to each website allowing hackers to grain remote access to it. The second round of hacks on March 1st however revealed much more personal information, including the names, email addresses and passwords of hundreds of registered users affiliated with each site, also allowing for hackers to gain administrators level access over each website.
Targets 2/28/2019:

National Council of Medical Specialties: hxxps://reg.smsb.gov.sd/
National Blood Transfusion Agency: hxxp://www.nbtc.gov.sd/
Ministry of Urban Planning: hxxp://khplan.gov.sd/

Raw Data Leak: https://pastebin.com/raw/H51uJFDq
Targets 3/01/2019:

Alsharg Alahlia College:A hxxp://www.alshargahlia.edu.sd/
University of The Fasher: hxxp://fashir.edu.sd/
Mashreq University: hxxp://mashreq.edu.sd/
Obied Refinery Co. LTD: hxxp://www.orc.sd/

Raw Data Leak: https://pastebin.com/raw/3d8DVr1c
Data Download (16.89 KB): https://anonfile.com/T8ie31v1b7/_OpSudanDates_txt

https://twitter.com/al1ne3737/status/1101030143382966272

https://twitter.com/al1ne3737/status/1101435243997859841

Year In Review: State of Human Rights In North Africa & Middle East 2018 – 2019

(AI) – On February 26th 2019, Amnesty International released their newest investigative report entitled “Human Right In The Middle East & North Africa.” The 77 page document highlights the state of human rights, current affairs and political issues, events and debates throughout the geographic areas of the Middle East and North Africa. More specifically, Amnesty’s report highlights the state of affairs in 17 countries during the calendar year of 2018, including Yemen, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon Syria, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Israel and Palestine.

More Information – Review of Report: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/research/2019/02/human-rights-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa-2018/
Download Full 77 Page Report Here: https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/MDE0194332019ENGLISH.PDF

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Belgium Company FN Herstal Uncovered Empowering War Crimes In Yemen

(AI) – A type of Belgian machine gun known to be wielded by a Yemeni militia in the Hodeidah offensive is among the weaponry set to be showcased this weekend at one of the Middle East’s largest arms fairs in Abu Dhabi, Amnesty International said today.

According to promotional materials for the UAE’s IDEX2019 arms fair, the Minimi will be among the thousands of types of weapons available for sale. Manufactured in Belgium’s Wallonia region by FN Herstal, it is among an array of arms transferred by the Belgian Walloon authorities to the Saudi Arabia/UAE-led coalition in recent years for use in the armed conflict in Yemen.

An Amnesty International investigation last week documented the same weapon type being used by “The Giants,” a Yemeni militia that is backed and supplied by the UAE but not accountable to any government. “It’s a jarring sight to have FN Herstal hawking the Minimi in the UAE after we exposed how the Emiratis illicitly gave this weapon to an unaccountable militia in Yemen,” said Patrick Wilcken, Arms Control and Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International. “The Belgian authorities and FN Herstal must not sell more weapons to any forces fighting in Yemen, and particularly the UAE – the very country that is recklessly siphoning off arms to fighting forces, some of which are committing war crimes in Yemen.

The Minister-President of Belgium’s Walloon region, Willy Borsus, called for an investigation in response to Amnesty International’s findings last week. “We are eager to see the outcome of this investigation soon and hope it will lead to policy changes that bring Wallonia in line with its international obligations. Under the Arms Trade Treaty and EU Common position on arms exports, Belgium has legal obligations not to transfer arms to the coalition fighting in Yemen,” said Philippe Hensmans, Director of Amnesty International Belgium Francophone. “Any states doing so are signalling that money speaks louder than their stated commitment to international law.

According to publicly available data, since the outbreak of the Yemeni conflict in March 2015, Western states and others have supplied the UAE with at least US $3.5 billion worth of arms. Among them are heavy conventional weapons – including aircraft and ships – small arms, light weapons and associated parts and ammunition. Despite the UAE and militias it backs being implicated in war crimes and other serious violations, the following states have recently supplied the Emiratis with arms: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czechia, France, Finland, Germany, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the USA, among others.

Arms and defence industry companies from all the above countries are displaying their wares at IDEX 2019.

Amnesty International’s recent investigation documented some of these arms in the hands of “The Giants” and other unaccountable fighting forces in Yemen, including the Security Belt and Elite Forces. The proliferation of these groups is a recipe for disaster for Yemeni civilians who have already been killed in their thousands, while millions more are on the brink of famine as a direct result of the war.

The ongoing carnage against civilians in Yemen – including at the hands of the Saudi Arabia and UAE-led coalition and the militias it backs – should give serious pause to all states supplying arms,” said Patrick Wilcken. “It beggars belief that they would continue to market and sell billions of dollars’ worth of advanced weaponry to armed forces that are committing war crimes and exacerbating the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

An Amnesty International campaign calls on its supporters around the world to demand that all states stop the flow of arms that are fuelling war crimes and serious human rights violations in Yemen.

Background

The International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) runs from 17-21 February. Held every two years in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, it bills itself as one of the biggest arms bazaars in the world.

According to Emirati state media, more than 1,300 exhibitors from 62 countries will be taking part in IDEX and its partner expo, NAVDEX. Exhibitors include other arms manufacturers whose goods have been seen in the hands of unaccountable militias in Yemen, including Bulgaria’s small arms manufacturer, Arsenal, and US armoured vehicle manufacturers Oshkosh and Navistar Defense.  International arms fairs and exhibitions like IDEX are one of the main ways for governments and defence industry associations to promote and broker international sales of weapons, munitions, and other military and security equipment and services.

More Resources

When Arms Go Astray: https://arms-uae.amnesty.org/en/

Yemen – UAE recklessly supplying militias with windfall of Western arms: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/02/yemen-uae-recklessly-supplying-militias-with-windfall-of-western-arms/

Yemen – The Forgotten War: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/09/yemen-the-forgotten-war/


This report was originally published by Amnesty International on February 14th 2019. It was republished, with permission, under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International License, in accordance with the Terms & Conditions of Amnesty International | Formatting Edits and Tweets added and embedded by Rogue Media Labs

Ghost Squad Hackers Release Contents from Internal Operation Known as #OpDecryptISIS, Exposing +1GB of Compressed Data Related To ISIS Members, Recruiters & Sympathizers Online

Earlier this morning, February 12th 2019, “S1ege” of Ghost Squad Hackers released a treasure trove of leaked documents compiled as the result of something known as “Operation Decrypt ISIS” (#OpDecryptISIS), an exclusive operation unique to Ghost Squad Hackers. In a personal interview with Rogue Media LabsS1ege explains how the data provided below comes as the result of months of work, time spent quietly working behind the scenes infiltrating ISIS networks, socially engineering its members and compromising their administrators online.

Unlike operations of the past, such as #OpISIS and #OpIceISIS, largely carried out under the banner of the Anonymous Hacker Collective and which typically targeted low level members of ISIS located on the ClearNet, Ghost Squad’s most recent operation was unique in the fact that it was almost exclusively designed “to take out the top chain of ISIS’s command” – which also subsequently led to the uncovering of countless lower level members involved with the terror group.

Operation Decrypt ISIS Raw Press Release: https://hastebin.com/aqupasaboz.coffeescript

Included in the leaked material provided below are rooted phone numbers belonging to ISIS members, the account names and numbers of ISIS members operating on encrypted Voice-Over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) services such as WhatsApp or Telegram, as well as detailed logs stolen from ISIS members as they browsed through the internet. The leak also contains detailed files on the identities of ISIS members extracted from various accounts, chatrooms and web pages across the internet, divided across the following countries: Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Moldova, Syria, Turkey, Uganada and Yemen. Ghost Squad also attached a separate file of ISIS member compromised via their VPN connections. The individual file folders contained with the leak also contain Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on countless terror members, including their “Phones, Geolocation, Cameras, Telegram accounts, numbers and channels, Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts, personal ID’s, Credit Card details and IP Logs.

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It should be noted however that the information contained within the leaked files only includes information on those who are either directly operating under the flag of ISIS, or directly participating within clandestine communications associated with the terror group. Quite simply, you do not find your way into these sorts of rooms or channels by accident, meaning that everyone named in the leak represents legitimate targets either actively participating with ISIS or attempting to learn how to do so. Either way, they are all guilty – even if by nothing other than association.

In a message attached to the leak, S1ege wanted the world to know that:

The Islamic state is far from dead..

People fail to realize that Isis is a lot like a decentralized movement, they operate primarily based on ideologies. They’re not a centralized group or physically located anywhere. Think deeply about the fact that most of the Islamic state’s attacks globally aren’t executed by some foot soldier sent abroad to carry out an operation/terrorist attack handed to him by Isis’ chain of command, rather, they’re done by lone wolves inspired by radical ideologies discovered somewhere on the internet – not their local mosque’s.

Presidents fails to acknowledge what causes the Islamic state to gain in numbers, fails to understand how to tackle the core/root problem. Isis/terrorism will never die, so long as one remaining member creates propaganda GSH will continue to combat Isis wherever, whenever on the internet.

Encrypted or decrypted we will find you and expose you Isis…

Browse Through Entire File Archive Leak: https://mega.nz/#F!izo1XC7Q!xq18rHeHzwJrss9sJrIoTQ

Contacts Data from Hacked Islamic State Admin’s Phones:

Raw Leak (77KB): https://hastebin.com/bomucocivu.shell

SMS Data from Hacked Islamic Stat Admin’s Phones:

Raw Leak 1 (656 KB): https://hastebin.com/afadiseyow.shell
Raw Leak 2 (482 KB): https://hastebin.com/ozobawaheq.shell

Call log Data from Hacked Islamic State Admin’s Phones:

Raw Leak 1 (1,214 KB): https://hastebin.com/obaridisoy.css
Raw Leak 2 (956 KB): https://hastebin.com/eqebunisik.css 

File Archive Backup 1: https://anonfile.com/62q7Gct3b2/Operation_Decrypt_Isis_GSH_zip
File Archive Backup 2: https://roguemedia.co/operation-decrypt-isis-gsh/
Auto-Download Backup: https://roguemedia.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Operation-Decrypt-Isis-GSH.zip

While today’s leak comes as something of a surprise, after talking with various group members over the course of the last several weeks and months perhaps it shouldn’t have. I say this because while they never hinted that a large scale release was immediately immanent, Ghost Squad Hackers have been making it clear that they intend to make 2019 the year in which this Islamic States online presence is finally exterminated once and for good. For example, these were sentiments echoed by M1r0x of GSH just last week.

Even with the release this week, the fight isn’t over and new intelligence indicates the Islamic State has once again started shifting their presence to a newer means of communication – such as ZeroNet. As always, the fight continues….

Browse Through Some of The Leaks Featured Above:

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Understanding How The Global Arms Trade Leads To UAE War Crimes In Yemen

(AI) – An open source investigation published by Amnesty International today highlights a growing danger in Yemen’s conflict as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) recklessly arms militias with a range of advanced weaponry. The investigation, “When arms go astray: Yemen’s deadly new threat of arms diversion to militias,”shows how the UAE has become a major conduit for armoured vehicles, mortar systems, rifles, pistols, and machine guns – which are being illicitly diverted to unaccountable militias accused of war crimes and other serious violations.

Full Research Presentation via Shorthand: https://arms-uae.amnesty.org/en/

While the USA, the UK, France and other European states have rightly been criticized for supplying arms to Coalition forces, and Iran has been implicated in sending arms to the Huthis, a deadly new threat is emerging. Yemen is quickly becoming a safe haven for UAE-backed militias that are largely unaccountable,” said Patrick Wilcken, Arms Control and Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International. “Emirati forces receive billions of dollars’ worth of arms from Western states and others, only to siphon them off to militias in Yemen that answer to no-one and are known to be committing war crimes. The proliferation of these fighting forces is a recipe for disaster for Yemeni civilians who have already been killed in their thousands, while millions more are on the brink of famine as a direct result of the war.

The armed groups on the receiving end of these dodgy arms deals, including “The Giants,” the Security Belt and Elite Forces, are trained and funded by the UAE but are not accountable to any government. Some of them stand accused of war crimes, including during the recent offensive on the port city of Hodeidah and in the UAE-backed network of secret prisons in southern Yemen.

States Supplying Arms To UAE

According to publicly available data, since the outbreak of the Yemeni conflict in March 2015, Western states have supplied the UAE with at least US $3.5 billion worth of arms. Among them are heavy conventional weapons – including aircraft and ships – small arms, light weapons and associated parts and ammunition. Despite the serious violations attributed to the UAE and militias it backs, the following states have recently supplied the Emiratis with arms: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czechia, France, Germany, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the USA, among others.

Amnesty International analysed open-source evidence around the battle for Hodeidah and found that military vehicles and weapons supplied to the UAE are now widely in use by militias on the ground. A wide variety of US-supplied armoured vehicles equipped with heavy machine guns, including M-ATV, Caiman and MaxxPro models, have been documented in the hands of UAE-backed militias Security Belt, Shabwani elite forces and “The Giants.

Belgian Minimi light machine guns, also likely sold to the UAE, are being deployed by “The Giants.” Other weapons used by UAE-allied militias in Hodeidah include Serbian-made Zastava MO2 Coyote machine guns and the Agrab armoured-truck-mounted Singaporean 120mm mortar system – the UAE is the only country known to purchase this combined weapon system.

Read More – The Hodeidah Offensive: https://arms-uae.amnesty.org/en/#group-hodeidah-offensive-3d5xqrhJxd

Elsewhere in Yemen, the UAE has directly trained and funded militias including the Security Belt and Elite Forces, which operate a shadowy network of secret prisons known as “black sites.Amnesty International and others have previously documented these forces’ role in enforced disappearances and other violations at these facilities – including detention at gunpoint, torture with electric shocks, waterboarding, hanging from the ceiling, sexual humiliation, prolonged solitary confinement, squalid conditions and inadequate food and water.

The UAE-backed militias running these black sites wield Bulgarian rifles and drive US armoured vehicles.

Read More – UAE Detention Facilities: https://arms-uae.amnesty.org/en/#group-detention-facilities-lbS06e1oz6

2018 Report On UAE Detention/Torture Facilities:

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Violating the Arms Trade Treaty

Many of the states that continue to supply arms to the UAE are party to the global Arms Trade Treaty. Some have other legal obligations as EU members or under domestic laws not to transfer arms being used to commit war crimes. By persisting in transferring arms to the UAE, despite overwhelming evidence those arms are being used in war crimes and other serious violations in Yemen, they are flouting these obligations.

Amnesty International calls on all states to stop supplying arms to all parties to the conflict in Yemen until there is no longer a substantial risk that such equipment would be used to commit or facilitate serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Norway have recently announced suspending arms transfers to the UAE.

As the next round of peace talks on Yemen’s conflict looms, arms-supplying states need to reflect hard on how their arms transfers are continuing to directly and indirectly fuel war crimes and other serious violations. The proliferation of unaccountable, UAE-backed militias is worsening the humanitarian crisis and posing a growing threat to the civilian population,” said Patrick Wilcken. “Only a handful of countries have done the right thing and stopped the conveyor belt of arms to the Yemen’s devastating conflict. Others must follow in their footsteps or they will share responsibility for the devastating toll these billions of dollars’ worth of arms transfers are wreaking on civilians in Yemen.

Take Action – Sign Online Petition: https://arms-uae.amnesty.org/en/#group-take-action-yHMN9qaIhu


This report was originally published by Amnesty International on February 5th 2019. It was republished, with permission, under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International License, in accordance with the Terms & Conditions of Amnesty International | Formatting Edits, Tweets and Hyperlinks To Reports added by Rogue Media Labs

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New Study: Only 24.1% of Yemeni Citizens Currently Have Access To The Internet

Earlier this week, along with the help of Citizen Lab, Shodan, VirusTotal, Censys, ReversingLabs and Rapid7, Recorded Future published their latest research paper. Officially entitled “Underlying Dimensions of Yemen’s Civil War: Control of the Internet,” the paper chronicles the devastating effects of years of War on Yemen internet infrastructure, usage and connectivity. Among other topics, the report details how control of the internet in the country has shifted over the years, as well as how the internet landscape has shifted as different Waring factions have taken control over different portions of the country.

Key Findings/Statistics:

  • Since taking Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, in September 2014, the Houthi rebels have controlled YemenNet – Yemens main ISP.
  • Houthi rebels continue to use what’s left of YemenNet’s IP infrastructure to host Coinhive mining services in order to generate revenue to fund their War effort.
  • The Houthi Government controls about 500 “official” Yemeni Government websites through the .ye domain.
  • In June 2018 the Hadi government created an entirely new ISP called AdenNet to counteract Houthi internet controls.
  • Only a small percentage of internet users in Yemen have the skills or knowledge to utilize VPNs, Tor, or routers with DNS recursion to circumvent government controls/surveillance.
  • Major international players, including the United States, Russia, and China have deployed malware/spyware as a means to supplement military efforts and/or leverage political opponents/dissidents.
  • Dating back to 2015, the “Yemen Cyber Army” has emerged as a major player launching attacks against government agencies.
  • Yemen ranks 50th global in population, but 148th in domain registrations.
  • The Houthi Government continues to block public access to WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Since the Yemeni Civil War first began, roughly 80% of all fiber optic cables have been destroyed.
  • Only 24.3% of Yemeni citizens currently have access to the internet in 2018, up from 19.1% in 2014.
  • Roughly 50% of Yemeni citizens have access to cellular phones and/or landlines.

Download Full Research Paper Here: https://go.recordedfuture.com/hubfs/reports/cta-2018-1128.pdf

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House Introduces Bill To Block All US Assistance To Saudi Arabia

In direct response/retaliation for the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, a bi-partisan teams of 21 members of the US House of Representatives has introduced a new bill calling for the complete ban of military aid and weapons to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the immediate future. However, the move should be thought of as nothing more than a symbolic effort, and I say this because United States Congress has already attempted to block or ban arm deals/transfers to Saudi Arabia multiple times over the course of the last several years, and every single one of these measures has failed or been voted down. Therefore, one has no other reason than to believe this latest Bill will also fall straight on its face.

To date, it is estimated that the United States military industrial complex has sold Saudi Forces 188.5 Billion dollars worth of arms and munitions over the course of the last 10 years. Meanwhile, led by Saudi forces, the United Nations has proclaimed the situation/Civil War in Yemen to be the single greatest human rights disaster/tragedy on planet Earth at the present moment in time. To date an estimated +50,000 people have died as a result of the conflict in Yemen, another 50,000 have died of famine/food shortages, while more than 3 million Yemeni citizens have become displaced by the violence. Moreover, using these same US manufactured arms and munitions, the United Nations claims that Saudi led forces are responsible for greater than 2/3’s of the combined death total in Yemen.

Official House Bill Introduced by Jim McGovern:

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