The UK has failed to check whether training it has provided to Saudi police has contributed to abuses including torture and the death penalty, new research by human rights organisation Reprieve has revealed.
The Committee on Arms Export Controls has called for an immediate ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen and the Foreign Affairs Committee has called for courts to decide on the legality of the exports. It has also supported calls for a UN investigation.
It has been revealed on Newsnight (7 September 2016) that two MPs on the Committee on Arms Export Controls (Crispin Blunt and John Spellar ) are lobbying to dilute the contents of a report that was set to call for a halt to arms exports to Saudi Arabia.
In its response to the House of Commons International Development Committee report on the crisis in Yemen, the UK government has maintained that, despite all of the evidence on the contrary, the Saudi Arabian military has not breached international humanitarian law, says Campaign Against Arms Trade.
Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee has condemned the Government for the secrecy surrounding the approval of overseas police training, saying the current policy to guard against the human rights risks of such training may not be “fit for purpose.”
The High Court has today ruled that Campaign Against Arms Trade, represented by human rights lawyers Leigh Day, can bring a judicial review against the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills’ decision to continue arms exports to Saudi Arabia