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Sunday, 20 March 2016

Britain: Rallies against Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

Amnesty International staged a protest against Britain’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which has been killing civilians in its airstrikes in Yemen.

Britain: Rallies against Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The international human rights organization delivered five 1.8m long replicas of the Paveway IV missile, with the words “Made in Britain, destroying lives in Yemen” emblazoned on their sides to Downing Street on Whitehall in London on Friday.
According to Amnesty, the British government has sold 2,400 missiles and 58 warplanes to Saudi Arabia in the last year alone, enabling it to continue its war against Yemen.
In the context, Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen said at the protest: “We’re drawing as much attention as we can to the fact that the UK government is selling arms to Saudi Arabia and we absolutely know what is happening in Yemen, and where Saudi Arabia is in terms of the war in Yemen.”
Allen also called for an end to the British arms deals with Riyadh, saying they violate international law.
In parallel, reports said last week that the British arms sales to Saudi Arabia will face a parliamentary inquiry.
Earlier last month, the European Parliament passed a resolution demanding the imposition of an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia as the kingdom continues with its deadly military campaign against neighboring Yemen.
Also late last month, Amnesty urged an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, saying it has documented violations of human rights, including possible war crimes ever since Saudi Arabia invaded the country last year.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
19-03-2016 | 10:51
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