Arms deal to Saudi Arabia in the British courts


Activists confirmed an appeal judicially Tuesday February 7 to stop a British arms sale by more than 3 billion pounds to Saudi Arabia, arguing they can be used in Yemen. It is a Violation of international humanitarian law and It seeks a campaign against the arms trade, known as the “Cat” to the issuance of an order of the High Court in London

To stop the licenses for the export of fighter planes, bombs, and British-made ammunition to Saudi Arabia. this campaign mentioned that “the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia will use it in the campaign against “Huthy” fighters in Yemen. More than ten thousand people, half of them civilians, have been killed in raging since March / March 2015 war and which sparked a humanitarian crisis in the poorest country in the Middle East. There is an annual report issued by United Nations experts monitoring the sanctions and the conflict in Yemen, the coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which intervened in support of the Yemeni government to launch attacks “may amount to war crimes”, a charge rejected by Riyadh. The United States said in December it had decided to restrict military support for the campaign in Yemen because of fears of the fall of the large numbers of civilian casualties. Saudi Arabia is a major customer for the British military equipment industry companies, an important ally of Britain in the fight against terrorism. And trying to Prime Minister Theresa May promote strong relations with the Arab oil-rich Gulf states before Britain out of the European Union. Campaign Against Arms Trade, mentioned that since the start of the war in Yemen, Britain approved licenses worth more than 3.3 billion pounds for the export of aircraft, weapons and ammunition to Saudi Arabia, but the government in May under increasing pressure from lawmakers in Parliament on its policy of arms sales. By contrast Britain says it has one of the strongest controls on arms exports in the world’s systems, which do not grant licenses so if they sensed a “clear risk” that it might be used to implement a serious violation of international humanitarian law. However, Martin Chamberlain, the lawyer representing the “Cat”, the Supreme Court confirmed the existence of evidence to show that the government is unable to ensure that the British weapons have not been use in violation of international humanitarian law, adding that he did not specify any military targets in about 90 of the 122 incidents which were fears of a violation of international humanitarian law. It is expected that the case will continue to be considered in three days, we will be hearing most of the government’s arguments in the concluding sessions. It is expected to rule not issue a few weeks ago.

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