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Does UK’s lucrative arms trade come at the cost of political repression?

Exports to repressive regimes are under scrutiny in the high court, raising doubts about claims they are tightly controlled. Yemeni rescue workers in the rubble of a funeral hall following airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition on Sanaa. Photograph: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty … Continue reading

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Action to be taken to end the arms trade

What You Can Do to help stop the arms trade Stop Arming Saudi Arabia! Saudi Arabia is the UK’s biggest arms customer and most shameful relationship. One of the world’s most authoritarian regimes, its repression at home and aggression abroad … Continue reading

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War, repression and injustice = Action needed

Let’s stop them here 1600 arms companies, 255 official delegations from military, security and police forces around the world. Why challenge DSEI? The weapons sold here fuel the death, destruction and injustice perpetrated by militaries, police forces and at borders … Continue reading

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SNP MPs wined and dined by arms companies

An SNP politician who criticised UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia has received more than £400 worth of hospitality from a trade association whose members include arms firms who sell to the Saudis. Philippa Whitford, MP for Central Ayrshire, attended … Continue reading

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Persian Gulf repression fuelled by UK Government, claims report

Repression in the Persian Gulf is being fuelled by the UK Government and private arms and security firms in Scotland who work secretly with regimes accused of human rights abuses, according to a new report. War On Want has accused … Continue reading

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A US arms firm in Fife linked to war crimes in Yemen has enjoyed at least 57 private meetings with the UK Government.

Raytheon has wined and dined MPs and even treated a minister at the MoD to a slap up Burns Supper with haggis, neeps and whisky. The multinational also met privately with Philip Hammond MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he … Continue reading

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Government quietly admits it was wrong to say Saudi Arabia is not targeting civilians or committing war crimes

Reams of corrections were issued just as MPs went back to their constituencies for recess. A Saudi army sniper takes position at look-out point in al-Dokhan mountain on the Saudi-Yemeni border in April – the UK has sold billions of … Continue reading

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Britain training armed forces of regimes on its own human rights watchlist

British soldiers are training troops for regimes on the UK’s own human rights watchlist, including authoritarian states such as Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Burma and Bahrain. British troops in the Kuwait desert. © Reuters Information released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) … Continue reading

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European Parliament votes for EU-wide arms export embargo against Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has been accused of bombing civilians with European-made equipment during in its war in Yemen. Saudi Arabian special forces stand in front of a picture of the country’s Interior minister Mohammed bin Nayef Getty Images The European Parliament … Continue reading

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SNP campaign on legality of UK-Saudi arms sales raised in EU and We’re not the good guys if we keep selling arms to Saudi Arabia

SNP Member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee Alyn Smith has called for an EU investigation into the legality of UK and other EU member states arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The move follows pressure from the SNP Group at … Continue reading

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