Campaign Against Arms Trade
£320m in arms sales to Israel since 2014 render UK 'complicit' in Gaza atrocities, campaigners argue
UK is “sending a message of support for the collective punishment that has been inflicted”, Campaign Against Arms Trade say
ANTI-ARMS TRADE campaigners have hit out against the sale of weapons to Israeli forces, following the release of new figures showing that the UK has licensed over £320m worth of arms to Israel since the beginning of the 2014 Gaza war.
Human rights groups urge Theresa May to cancel visit of Saudi Crown Prince
Campaigners denounce government backing of repressive Saudi Arabian regime
A COALITION OF HUMAN RIGHTS organisations has sent a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, calling for the imminent visit of the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to be cancelled.
Criticising the UK Government’s relationship to Saudi Arabia, including its licensing of £4.6 bn worth of arms to the regime since 2015, the letter highlights the country’s record of human rights abuses, including “torture, arbitrary detention, and other appalling abuses”.
UK second biggest arms trader in the world, @SIPRIorg report finds
Middle East sales to abusive regimes boost British arms industry
BRITISH CORPORATIONS continue to punch above their weight in selling war weapons across the globe, a peace institute research group has found.
The annual report into the world's 100 largest arms trade companies found that the UK came second only to the USA in the scale of its weapons industry for 2014.
Margaret Curran denies posh dinner with company linked to bombing of Palestine
British establishment celebrates arms industry at London bash
MARGARET Curran, Labour's shadow secretary of state for Scotland, has denied claims made by campaigners that she attended a PS246-per-head dinner as a guest of a supplier for the war in Gaza.
Curran, who is a MP for the Glasgow East constituency, accepted the invitation from arms company Raytheon, which provided laser-guidance systems for the bombing of Palestine last August, in which 1903 Palestinians were killed, including 450 children.
Charles Windsor resents selling weapons according to new biography
Heir to the throne avoids window-dressing for overseas deals
THE man who would be King, Charles Windsor, "doesn't like being used to market weaponry", according to the author of his latest biography.
Catherine Mayer, who publishes the work this week, says the second in line to the royal throne avoids helping the sales effort whenever possible.
The claims, published in The Times newspaper, come just before the Prince is taken on his twelfth tour of Saudi Arabia, a major arms destination.
MSP calls on Glasgow University to drop investment in arms trade
Half a million pounds of endowment funds are weapons related
AN MSP and campaigners have called on a leading Scottish university to move its money away from two controversial arms trade companies.
The University of Glasgow holds over half a million pounds in QinetiQ Group and BAE Systems, which have sold weapons to dictatorships.
BAE Systems is the world's 3rd largest arms company, with total sales of nearly $27bn for 2013. The company has faced criticism for the ethics of its business dealings.