Today the Court of Appeal has ruled that UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen are unlawful. The Court found that the government has failed to properly assess whether there have been breaches of International Humanitarian Law.
This historic judgment means that the government must now stop issuing new arms exports licences and suspend existing licences to export arms to Saudi for use in Yemen, and retake all decisions in accordance with the law.
Pax Christi is delighted with this news but the battle is not over! We know it should not have taken a court case and us campaigning for government to listen – Write to your MP now and tell them about this ruling, keeping the pressure on! These sales should never have happened in the first place. How many lives have been lost through the sale of BILLIONS of pounds worth of weapons from the UK? How long will this country refuse to acknowledge the blood on its hands…
If you would like to write to your MP please do so through the CAAT website
Sincere gratitude and thanks to all those who have taken part in this work.