Amnesty International concerned by arms sales to Gulf countries

The human rights charity Amnesty International has raised concerns about the sale of British weapons to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia:

Selling arms to countries like Saudi Arabia and UAE should only be considered if there are absolutely watertight guarantees over them not being used to commit human rights violations.

Saudi Arabia has been the recipient of record-breaking arms deals involving the UK, yet these have been highly secretive and there’s been little or no follow-up over how the weaponry was used ...

In the past a large Saudi chequebook has apparently meant it could purchase weapons as well as silence over its own dreadful human rights record.

It’s time for David Cameron to end this deeply disturbing trade-off.

– Allan Hogarth, Head of Policy and Government Affairs, Amnesty International UK