Arming Sri Lanka, corrupting governance

By Press Office
June 3, 2009

Commenting on the revelation that the UK government has been colluding with arms sales to Sri Lanka, Symon Hill, the new associate director of the think-tank Ekklesia, declared:

“UN officials estimate that 20,000 civilians were killed in Sri Lanka in five months. Yet while the UK government was calling for a peaceful solution, they were allowing arms dealers to profit by filling Sri Lanka with even more weapons."

He added: "This illustrates the sheer cynicism that lies at the core of the officially-sanctioned commercial arms sales. It is not just unethical behaviour by MPs and the parliamentary system that needs changing, but the whole way government is routinely enmeshed in a trade that breeds corruption and destruction."

[Note to editors: Symon Hill was previously involved in NGO legal action against the government concerning the Serious Fraud Office's failure to act over corruption allegations involving BAE and Saudi Arabia]

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