‘Stop selling Dutch weapons to Saudi Arabia’


This video says about itself:

YEMEN | Saudi-Led Air Strike Destroys Another MSF Hospital

3 November 2015

Dr. Natalie Roberts, who works in Yemen for MSF, speaks with CNN’s Amanpour after air-strikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in northern Yemen destroyed a hospital on 26th October 2015.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

D66 and Socialist Party want arms embargo against Saudi Arabia

Today, 07:43

The D66 and the SP political parties in Parliament are calling for an arms boycott against Saudi Arabia. That government helps terrorism and grossly violates human rights, write the MPs Sjoerd Sjoerdsma (D66) and Harry van Bommel (SP) in Trouw daily. The [Dutch government’s] silent diplomacy to supposedly bring about change does not work, they say.

The MPs mention the administration of punishments like beheadings, inflicting lashes and the planned crucifixion of teenagers. The country is funding the spread of Wahhabism, an extremely conservative version of Islam, which is a major breeding ground for IS and other jihadist terrorist groups.

Therefore there should be an arms embargo, preferably in a European context. Britain, France and Belgium are major arms suppliers to Saudi Arabia. If it turns out to be impossible to get Europe to get along, then the Netherlands itself should proceed with an embargo, they think.

Dutch arms exports to Saudi Arabia are worth several million euros. “You would expect that [Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister] Koenders would want to quickly draw the line,” they write. But the [two government coalition parties] PvdA and VVD are blocking the execution of a motion to stop arms exports to that country. In 2011 the PvdA [then still an opposition party] supported a motion from the Green Left party to no longer give licenses for arms exports to Saudi Arabia.

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