Rwanda calls for prevention of cyberattacks by mercenary groups

Rwandan Foreign Minister Richard Sezibera. Photo: Medi1 TV

NEWSROOM (ADV) – Rwandan Foreign Minister Richard Sezibera on Monday urged the international community to take into account the rise in cyberattacks by mercenary groups, local media reports said.

“Mercenaries are not just involved in active fighting. We now see an increase in cyberattacks and industrial espionage won by mercenary groups in the comfort of their homes, “said Sezibera.

“The existing political frameworks of the African Union as well as the 1989 United Nations Convention Against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries must be updated to cope with the new realities, “he added.

“To counter and neutralize the threat of mercenary activity in Africa, we must take decisive action to address this persistent source of instability on our continent,” Sezibera said.

“Only a collective approach and coordinated at regional and international levels will allow us to end the phenomenon of mercenaries disrupting their financial networks, their cross-border recruitment and hence by defeating their operations,” said Sezibera.

The minister said that mercenaries are part of a worrying increase in cross-border criminal networks, some of which are well-funded with sophisticated communications and military equipment and many that are connected to global terrorist networks.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the international body “is ready to continue assisting governments to fight mercenary activities”.

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