Published on May 29, 2016
Britain is exporting record amounts of arms to countries that are on its own watch-list of human rights abusers. UK arms exports figures show over three billion pounds worth of UK-made weaponry was licensed for sales to 21 countries on the Foreign Office’s list of 30 states in 2015. The huge increase in sales is largely attributable to exports to Saudi Arabia. London licensed the sales of fighter jets, missiles and bombs worth over 2.7 billion pounds to Riyadh Arabia last year. The exports were allowed despite allegations of Saudi war crimes in Yemen. Bahrain is another major buyer of British weapons after Saudi Arabia. The UK-based ‘Campaign Against Arms Trade’ says this is a clear case of the British government saying one thing and doing another.