14 thoughts on “Stop British-Saudi war crimes in Yemen

  1. Monday 24th July 2017

    posted by Steve Sweeney in Britain

    SADIQ KHAN opposes an international arms fair to be held in London — but says he is powerless to stop it.

    The mayor of London said on Saturday that he does not want the capital to be used as a market place for “countries that contribute to human rights abuses.”

    The Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair is scheduled to take place at the Excel Centre in east London in September.

    Unlike his predecesor Boris Johnson, who defended the fair in 2013 saying it was a “sensible” way to sell arms to foreign governments, Mr Khan expressed opposition to the hated event.

    “The DSEI arms fair is not an event that I support,” he said, but claimed that being mayor of London does not give him the necessary powers to cancel it.

    “Excel is a commercial space for hire.”

    Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) spokesman Andrew Smith welcomed Mr Khan speaking out against the fair, saying it signalled “the growing opposition to the UK’s role in the global arms trade.”

    The DSEI event takes place in London every two years and is the world’s biggest arms fair, inviting some of the world’s worst human rights abusers including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Turkey.

    More than 34,000 people are expected to attend, according to its website, including defence ministers, foreign militaries, arms manufacturers and other sordid types from the private sector.

    In 2015, eight anti-arms activists were arrested when they attempted to shut down the bombs bonanza by blocking the entrance.

    They were cleared of all charges after a magistrate found “clear, credible and largely unchallenged evidence from the expert witnesses of wrongdoing at DSEI and compelling evidence that it took place in 2015.”

    But the High Court overturned their acquittal earlier this month.

    Pro-Palestian, Turkish and Kurdish campaigners say that arms sold at DSEI are used to commit atrocities in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Palestine and support tyrannical rule in despotic regimes across the globe.

    DSEI organisers claim that it complies with all of Britain’s laws on arms exports however the government has sold weapons to countries with appalling human rights records including 22 of the 30 countries on its own human rights watch list.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-3ed5-Khan-Im-against-arms-fair-but-theres-nothing-I-can-do#.WXWio1FpwdU

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  5. Friday 27th October 2017

    posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

    TWO peace activists who broke into a BAE Systems base to damage Typhoon fighter jets destined for Saudi Arabia were found not guilty of criminal damage yesterday.

    The Rev Daniel Woodhouse, a Methodist minister from Leeds, and Sam Walton, a Quaker from London, broke into BAE’s site at Walton in Lancashire on January 29. They were stopped before they could damage the aircraft but caused damage when they broke in.

    At Burnley magistrates’ court, they argued that their intention was to save innocent lives and prevent war crimes by physically disabling the warplanes.

    The jets are being used by Saudi-led forces in attacks on Yemen. More than 10,000 Yemeni people have died, primarily in bombing raids, since Saudi Arabia intervened in 2015 in a civil war between Houthi rebels and the forces of ousted president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

    Britain has licensed the sale of £3.8 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia since the bombing began.

    District Judge James Clarke said: “They were impressive and eloquent men who held strong views about what they were doing and what they wanted to achieve.

    “I heard about their belief of BAE’s role in the supply of aircraft to Saudi Arabia, their beliefs regarding the events in Yemen, that they include the death of civilians and the destruction of civilian property, and the basis for their belief that this amounted to war crimes.

    “I find the defendants not guilty.”

    In a joint statement, the defendants said after the case: “The only thing we regret is that we were not able to finish the job.”

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-4f5c-Judge-clears-eloquent-peace-pair-of-BAE-attack#.WfLu03ZpEdU

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