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Committee: British arms exports to saudi Arabia is illegal

A report from the lords committee for international relations criticises the fact that the Uk does not do independent checks on the use of weapons exported to saudi Arabia are used, writes The Guardian. Rather than trust the uk authorities on the information that saudi Arabia leaves.

saudi Arabia leads the collation that supports the yemeni government in the war, and receives indirect support of both the Uk and the USA.

from a parliamentary committee in the Uk who unanimously condemn the country's arms exports to saudi Arabia as illegal. The committee places no legal requirements on the country's ministers, but the report is putting pressure on the Uk's relationship with saudi Arabia.

A masked person demonstrating against the Uk's vapenexort to saudi Arabia. Photo: Alastair Grant/AP

In the fall, Denmark, Finland and Germany that they no longer intend to export weapons to the authoritarian saudi Arabia at the same time that Sweden continues to export war material into the country.

Both nordic neighbours have said that they will stop exports because of Saudi arabia's warfare in Yemen and Denmark have also referred to the assassination of the saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

the UN-led group that is investigating the murder that the evidence indicates that the deed has ”planned and implemented” by saudi statsandställda.

Sweden's continued exports to the regime's follow-on deliveries to the old purchase and it is the Swedish Inspectorate of strategic products, the licensing and supervisory authority for arms exports (ISP) decides on licences for arms exports.

" We have a different system than the countries, which expressed itself, in that we have an authority that makes the decisions. But the overall responsibility lies with the government, said Karl Evertsson, head of the authority's krigsmaterielgrupp, to the Swedish newspaper dagens nyheter in november.

they want to stop the följdleveranserna clearance and the Left party have called for an immediate halt to arms exports to dictatorships.

In connection with our neighbouring countries stopped exports wrote Sweden minister for foreign affairs Margot Wallström (S) that she was concerned over the lack of human rights in saudi Arabia. At the same time toned her down the importance of the Swedish exports.

”Sweden's exports of military equipment to saudi Arabia have in recent time has been very limited. Then in 2015, no permits for new exports of military equipment have been issued.”

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