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The Indonesian people are due to pay the UK government £27 million on 1 December. Of this, £20 million is for arms sales to past dictator General Suharto
Over 60 per cent of deaths in battle-related conflicts are caused by small arms, and billions of dollars are spent every year on small arms.
The struggle against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons "is critical for peace and security in Africa,” a churches' consultation has heard.
The WCC is holding a consultation in Ethiopia to strategize common priorities and actions to combat the proliferation of arms in the region.
Vince Cable’s UK Export Finance has today revealed for the first time information on the origin of ‘Third World Debts’ owed to the UK.
Plans for a conference of arms dealers at Church House, administrative HQ of the Church of England, have provoked shock, sadness and concern among Christians and others.
Argentina still owes debts to the UK government, following arms sales to the Argentine junta in the years leading up to the Falklands War.
After July 2012, arms used to commit atrocities and serious crimes may become harder to buy, and harder to sell internationally.
The Jubilee Debt Campaign (www.jubileedebtcampaign.org.uk/), to which Ekklesia is pleased to be affiliated, has done a fine job exposing the UK government's dodgy dealings with the former dictatorial regime in Egypt. The latest expose can be read here: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/15629
The Department for Business is still demanding money from the Egyptian government to pay for loans made to ex-dictator Mubarak to allow him to buy arms.