Is the U.K. government violating its own Arms Trade Treaty? | CNBC International
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Is the U.K. government violating its own Arms Trade Treaty? | CNBC International

November 26, 2019


The British Government is coming under fire from critics who say billions of pounds in British-made weapons sold to Saudi Arabia, are being used to blow up Yemeni hospitals and commit human rights abuses against thousands of civilians. A UN report released in January found “widespread and systematic” targeting of civilians in Saudi-led strikes in Yemen. And now the British-aid group OXFAM claims that by continuing to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, – the UK is violating its own arms sales rules. Today Saudi Arabia is the biggest buyer of
British arms – and every sale and export requires government approval. Between July and September 2015 over £1B in weapons ranging from bombs, missiles and rockets received export licenses from
the UK. And under UK regulations – export licenses shouldn’t be granted if there is a clear risk that the equipment could be used to break international law. FOR CNBC NEWS – I’m Hadley Gamble – in London

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