UK POLITICS: Court Ruling May Stop UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

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By Politicoscope July 10, 2017 09:38




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UK POLITICS: Court Ruling May Stop UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The UK High Court has reviewed a plea against the country’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia in the light of the kingdom’s bloodshed in Yemen, and is due to issue its opinion, which could stop the sales.

The court has been studying the case lodged with it by UK-based Campaign Against the Arms Trade NGO since February, and is due to issue its ruling on Monday, The Guardian reported.

Back at the time when the review began, Rosa Curling from the law firm Leigh Day, which is representing the NGO, said she believed the decision to continue to grant new licenses for the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia was “unlawful”.

“There is increasingly evidence being unearthed that the Saudi-led coalition has committed serious breaches of international humanitarian law in Yemen,” she said.

The European Council obliges the UK to deny an export license if there is “a clear risk” that the arms might be used in violation of international humanitarian law.

The UK has licensed more than £3 billion ($3.8 billion) of arms to Saudi Arabia in the last two years alone.

Saudi Arabia has been bombing Yemen since March 2015 in a bid to restore Saleh’s successor Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a Riyadh ally, to power. Yemen’s crisis began after Hadi stepped down as president and refused to negotiate power-sharing with the country’s Houthis.

The United States has also been generously rewarding the kingdom with hefty arms deals during the invasion. Both the UK and the US are further lending intelligence and logistical support to the bombing campaign.

In March, UK-based rights body Amnesty International condemned the US and UK for their “shameful” weapons transfers to Saudi Arabia, saying Washington and London were fueling the serious human rights violations and war crimes in Yemen committed by Riyadh.

It said the countries had sold over $5 billion worth of weapons to the Riyadh regime since the onset of the invasion, more than 10 times the $450 million they have allegedly spent to help save Yemeni civilians.

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