Rights groups urge UK to stop selling arms to Arab countries
June 28,London: Campaign groups and legal experts called on the UK to end the arm sales to Saudi Arabia and its allies, warning that continuing to do so may be in violation of international law.
The Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR), in a statment issued on Wedenesday, said that the British weapons sold to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and UAE were being used in the civil unrrest in Yemen and Libya.
"(AOHR) is calling on the UK government to review its role in the sale of arms to a number of Arab governments that are known for gross human rights violation," the statement read.
In the last three years, the UK has approved arms export licenses to Saudi Arabia worth $4.7bn, $1.6bn to the UAE, and $208m to Egypt."A Saudi-led coalition has killed hundreds of Yemenis, destroyed scores of homes in addition to obliterating most of Yemen's core infrastructure," the AOHR said, adding: "Saudi Arabia has also turned a blind eye to the atrocities committed by UAE in southern parts of the country."
"The UAE has bought the loyalty of several tribal leaders and formed militias that continue to commit war crimes," the rights group said.
The Oslo Times International News Network