Arms companies are facing a week of protests across the UK after a year of increasing public opposition to the arms trade. Stop the Arms Trade Week is underway and runs until 8 June 2008 - involving people of all faiths and none.
BAE Systems has failed to halt the sharp decline in its reputation despite trying to focus on ethics at its Annual General Meeting in London. The Board faced a barrage of questions from shareholders about corruption and political influence.
Anti-arms trade campaigners say that a new 'ethics' report commissioned by weapons giant BAE Systems will not change public perceptions of the company, following a High Court ruling over investigations into corruption charges.
The High Court has formally quashed the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) decision to drop its corruption investigation into BAE Systems arms deals with Saudi Arabia. The decision is a huge success for the campaign groups that brought the case.
A short 'relief hearing' will take place at 10.00am on 23 April at the Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London, following the High Court judgment which held that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) had acted unlawfully by cutting short a corruption investigation into arms deals between BAE Systems and Saudi Arabia.
The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) has called on the Prime Minister to end his silence on a High Court ruling on BAE Systems and official arms corruption investigations that took place nearly a week ago.
The success of arms trade campaigners in bringing the judicial review in which the High Court has ruled that the Serious Fraud Office and UK government acted illegally in dropping a corruption investigation against BAE Systems, under pressure from the Saudis, is a major achievement
Students across Britain yesterday joined protests against universities' links with the arms trade. They called for an end to university arms investments and to the involvement of arms companies in academic research.