In recent weeks we’ve seen the British government told by the courts to let Parliament vote on the process of leaving the EU – something that should have been obvious in a parliamentary democracy. This week they have been court over another issue that ought to be obvious: arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
Under the terms of the international Arms Trade Treaty, which Britain ratified in 2014, no state can authorise arms transfers to a country where they could be used “in the commission of genocide, crimes against humanity, grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, attacks directed against civilian objects or civilians protected as such, or other war crimes as defined by international agreements to which it is a Party.”
Saudi Arabia and its partners have repeatedly targeted civilians in Yemen, with several agencies proving that British-made bombs have been used. There was a story in the…
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