BRITISH GOVERNMENT ACCUSED OF MISLEADING PUBLIC OVER ARMS SALES TO HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSERS

The Independent on 18th January reported that Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has been accused of misleading parliament about UK weapons sales to repressive regimes, amid growing pressure on the government over the lucrative trade.  At issue is a 2014 change to the wording of the rules that govern which countries can be sold weapons and military equipment made in the UK. This apparently changed the criteria from refusing arms exports “which might be used for internal repression”, to refusing “if there is a clear risk that items might be used for internal repression”.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/arms-sales-uk-saudi-arabia-weapons-jeremy-hunt-yemen-war-parliament-commons-a8732721.html

https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/foreign-affairs/news/101213/excl-ministers-under-fire-new-figures-shed-light-shameful-saudi

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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