Tuesday, January 26, 2021

War and Peace?

British ministers and officials have approved the sale of arms to nearly four-fifths of countries subject to arms embargos, trade sanctions or other restrictions over the past five years. The UK has exported military hardware to 58 countries of the 73 listed as subject to restrictions by the Department for International Trade (DIT), including sniper rifles to Pakistan, assault rifles to Kenya and naval equipment to China.

Action on Armed Violence, said they represented “a systemic failure to consider the human rights record of states before exporting weapons to them”.

Murray Jones, of Action on Armed Violence, said his research – which reviewed UK export records between January 2015 and June 2020 – “demonstrates the frailty of the UK’s commitment to human rights abroad”.

Meanwhile, Sarah Champion, the chair of parliament’s international development select committee, said: “Our ambassadors have today been instructed by the Foreign Office to cut 50-70% from the aid budget.” Describing the speed of the planned cuts as catastrophic, she added: “There is no doubt that lives will be lost as a consequence and our global standing as humanitarians destroyed..."

UK sells arms to nearly 80% of countries under restrictions, says report | Arms trade | The Guardian

UK diplomats told to cut up to 70% from overseas aid budget | Aid | The Guardian

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