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20.06.2019

UK Court of Appeal finds Government broke law over Saudi Arabia arms sales

UK Court of Appeal finds Government broke law over Saudi Arabia arms sales

Campaigners have welcomed a Court of Appeal decision to overturn a 2017 High Court judgment which allowed the UK government to continue licensing the export of arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen. The appeal hearing took place in April 2019. The judgment comes amidst global concern over the use of… »

15.10.2018

Yemen whitewash shows Saudi investigation of Jamal Khashoggi cannot be trusted

Yemen whitewash shows Saudi investigation of Jamal Khashoggi cannot be trusted

Saudi regime has ordered an investigation into disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi Saudi investigations into war crimes in Yemen have been a whitewash. Yemen is on the brink of the world’s worst famine for 100 years. UK has licensed almost £5 billion worth of arms to Saudi forces since 2015 The… »

08.09.2017

London arms fair guest list confirmed: Includes a roll call of despots, dictatorships and human rights abusers

London arms fair guest list confirmed: Includes a roll call of despots, dictatorships and human rights abusers

The UK government has published its official guest list for Defence & Security Equipment International 2017 (DSEI), one of the biggest arms fairs in the world, which is scheduled to take place at the Excel Centre in East London next week. The publication follows a parliamentary question by Caroline… »

04.09.2017

A week of blockades and protests begin in East London to stop the set-up of the DSEI arms fair

A week of blockades and protests begin in East London to stop the set-up of the DSEI arms fair

Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade said: “Thousands of activists and campaigners from across the UK will be outside the Excel Centre this week. We will be united by our opposition to one of the biggest arms fairs in the world.” There will be blockades, actions and… »

10.07.2017

UK campaigners seek to appeal ‘very disappointing’ verdict on arms exports to Saudi Arabia

UK campaigners seek to appeal ‘very disappointing’ verdict on arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Campaigners have said they will appeal a High Court decision which allows the UK Government to continue exporting arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen. The verdict came despite global concern over the use of these weapons against civilians. The legal action was brought by law firm Leigh Day… »

14.05.2017

Bahraini UK based activists’ families taken as hostages in Bahrain

Bahraini UK based activists’ families taken as hostages in Bahrain

At least three family members of UK-based Bahraini activists have been summoned by Bahraini security forces this morning, 13th of May 2017. The detention of these activists’ families coincides with the attendance of Bahrain’s King Hamad at the Royal Windsor Horse Show today. The King is expected to be seated… »

15.04.2016

London: Eight anti-arms fair activists acquitted of charges

London: Eight anti-arms fair activists acquitted of charges

Pressenza reported earlier this week on the start of the trial.  We are delighted to reported that they have been aquitted. All defendants arrested during setting up of the 2015 DSEI Arms Fair in London Docklands Activists attempted to blockade deliveries of military equipment to UK government sponsored… »

11.04.2016

London: Trial begins for activists accused of disrupting world’s largest arms fair

London: Trial begins for activists accused of disrupting world’s largest arms fair

This morning eight campaigners will stand trial at Stratford Magistrates Court for blocking the road and stopping tanks and weaponry from entering Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI), one of the world’s biggest arms fairs, when it was in London last September. The trial is expected to last five days. »

25.03.2016

One year on, and the UK is still complicit in the destruction of Yemen

The Saudi-led bombing of Yemen has created a humanitarian catastrophe UK has licensed over £2.8 billion of arms to Saudi Arabia since the bombing began Campaign Against Arms Trade has began legal action against arms exports to the Saudi regime The early hours of March 26 will make it a… »

11.03.2016

Formal legal proceedings begin against UK government over arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Formal legal proceedings begin against UK government over arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Law firm Leigh Day, representing Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), has begun formal legal action in the High Court to challenge the government’s decision to export arms to Saudi Arabia. This follows increasing evidence that Saudi forces are violating international humanitarian law (IHL) in Yemen. If permission for the judicial… »

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