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U.K. Court Rules British Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Were Unlawful on Humanitarian Grounds

HeadlineJun 21, 2019

A British court has ruled that British arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful because the government did not consider whether they would be used to commit “serious violations of international humanitarian law.” The court’s decision came in a case brought by the Campaign Against Arms Trade, which cited Saudi Arabia’s use of British arms in its devastating war in Yemen. Andrew Smith, a spokesperson for the Campaign Against Arms Trade, celebrated the ruling.

Andrew Smith: “What this ruling makes clear is that for far, far too long the U.K. government has looked the other way as tens of thousands of people have been brutally killed in the most devastating humanitarian crisis in the world.”

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