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Chairs urge UK Government to reconsider selling arms to Saudi Arabia

15 December 2016

The Chairs of the International Development Committee and Committees on Arms Export Controls published a letter on UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

The Chairs of the International Development Committee and Committees on Arms Export Controls have published a letter to the Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, urging the UK Government to reconsider their stance on selling arms to Saudi Arabia pending a fully independent investigation into breaches of International Humanitarian Law on both sides to the conflict in Yemen.
 
The letter, agreed between the Chairs of the IDC and Committees on Arms Export Controls, cites the recent decision of the US to halt some arms sales to Saudi Arabia as a direct result of its assessment of the role of these munitions in the conflict in Yemen.
 
In September, the IDC and BIS Committees published a joint report recommending that the UK suspend licences for arms exports to Saudi Arabia pending the results of an independent, United Nations-led inquiry into reports of violations of IHL in Yemen. The Government rejected this recommendation.

In today’s letter, the Committee Chairs restate their recommendation and urgently ask the Government to reconsider their position.

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