The US isn’t the only country trying to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The UK has recently tried blocking their weapons deals, but they have lost their case.

From Amnesty International:

A court has ruled that the United Kingdom’s government is entitled to continue selling arms to Saudi Arabia. Amnesty International has said that this is extremely disappointing and a “deadly blow” to the people of Yemen.

The High Court in London dismissed a legal challenge from the NGO Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), which claimed that such arms transfers should not take place because of the clear risk that the weapons supplied would be used to commit serious violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen’s armed conflict.

Oxfam’s statement:

“The result of the Judicial Review into UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia for its use in Yemen is hugely disappointing. The court has not said that British arms have not killed civilians but has given the Government discretion to continue to sell arms.

“This sets back arms control 25 years and gives ministers free rein to sell arms to countries even where there is clear evidence they are breaching international humanitarian law. With little legal oversight on arms sales it is now imperative that Parliament holds the Government to account.

“The risk of fathers, mothers, sons and daughters having their lives cut short will continue in Yemen due to UK exported weapons. People’s homes and local markets will continue to be bombed. And if the bombs don’t kill them hunger and disease will.

“So much evidence has been presented in this case of the devastating impact on Yemen from selling arms to Saudi Arabia. There is a clear moral case for the Government to suspend its sales. It must now put its diplomatic weight behind a search for peace.”

From The Independent:

On paper, UK arms export criteria are very clear in saying that if there is a ‘clear risk’ that UK arms ‘might’ be used ‘in the commission of a serious violation of international humanitarian law (IHL)’ then an arms sale should not go ahead.

If this criteria is to be applied properly then it must surely stop the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, a country run by a regime that has one of the world’s worst human rights records and that has been widely accused of grave IHL violations in Yemen.

They are pursuing an appeal.

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