British weapons for dictatorships

This video about Britain says about itself:

Campaign Against Arms Trade: Right Livelihood Award Laureate 2012

For almost 40 years, Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) has been exposing, challenging and impeding the international arms trade. In recognition of this work, CAAT was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 2012. This short documentary was produced during the week of the awards by Take Part Media on behalf of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Hypocritical Britain arms brutal regimes

Saturday 21st March 2015

Committee report hits out at ‘rigorous’ controls

BRITAIN is continuing to arm some of the world’s most brutal regimes while hypocritically boasting of its commitment to human rights, a damning report revealed yesterday.

Ministers have repeatedly claimed that Britain has among the most rigorous arms exports controls in the world.

But the latest report from the influential parliamentary committee on arms export controls found that Britain continued to arm regimes with appalling human rights records including Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia in 2014 despite them being officially listed as countries of concern.

The committee found that, in contrast to its public stance, the government had reversed decisions to provide greater public transparency and rewritten its own rules to smooth arms sales to blood-soaked regimes.

The committee stated: “There is an inherent conflict between strongly promoting arms exports to authoritarian regimes while strongly criticising their lack of human rights at the same time.

“The government should apply significantly more cautious judgements when considering arms export licence applications for goods to authoritarian regimes which might be used for internal repression.”

Amnesty International arms programme director Oliver Sprague said: “In the year that international law tightening up the trade of arms came into force, the government has woefully failed to improve its monitoring and controls.

“It’s time for the government to be address these concerns if it wants to avoid accusations that it’s prepared to put profits before people lives.”

Campaign Against Arms Trade spokesman Andrew Smith said: “What the report shows is that the government is still putting arms sales above human rights.”

“They are talking a lot about the importance of human rights but at the same time selling arms to some of the most brutal regimes in the world. These regimes are not just buying arms but also the silence and complicity of the British government.”

The committee also found that Britain had failed to implement the core provisions of the Arms Trade Treaty, repeatedly failed to police and enforce its own laws at British arms fairs and failed to close loopholes in laws to prohibit the trade in torture equipment.

9 thoughts on “British weapons for dictatorships

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  2. Simply put Britain’s having for some time have a elite in and surrounding government that any thinking person can never trust, this oligarchy exists by deception on a grand scale, whether the British public now so controlled are incapable in sufficient numbers to change a corrupt and divisive controlling elite having no regard for the will of the people other than if threatened as it now exists.


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