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Human Rights and Arms Trade 1

    June 20, 2019

    AI UK Release

    Ruling is first time UK court has acknowledged risks of continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia

    UK has sold more than £4bn of arms to Saudi Arabia since Yemen conflict began

    ‘We welcome this judgment as a major step towards preventing further bloodshed’ - Lucy Claridge


    Amnesty International has welcomed a judgment from the Court of Appeal today which has found that the UK Government’s decision to continue licensing exports of military equipment to Saudi Arabia is unlawful.

    The ruling came in a judicial review brought by Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT), which was joined by Amnesty, Human Rights Watch and Rights Watch UK.

    Lucy Claridge, Amnesty International’s Director of Strategic Litigation, said:

    “This judgment is a rare piece of good news for the people of Yemen.

    March 04, 2019

    A Coalition of Canadian civil society organizations have written an open letter to PM Justin Trudeau expressing their concern about Canada’s export of Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs) to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    The Coalition calls on all states, including Canada, to ban the sale or transfer of weapons to any government where there is risk that those weapons might be used in this conflict.

    Since October 2018, the Canadian government has said that it would be difficult to suspend the contract selling the LAVs to Saudi Arabia.

    As the humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate, almost two thirds of the Yemeni population require humanitarian aid.

    Canada provides humanitarian assistance to Yemen and  at the same time, is helping arming one of the parties in the conflict. Other countries, including Denmark, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Greece and Austria, have either suspended or terminated arms transfers to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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