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Running on the spot: The Sixth Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty
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Running on the spot: The Sixth Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty

With COVID-19 creating havoc for all manner of international processes, the Sixth Conference of States Parties of the Arms Trade Treaty limited itself to a ‘conference by written procedure’, intended to do little more than keep things ticking over. In this it largely succeeded, but a pre-COVID-19 trend to less transparency seemed to accelerate over the year, writes Roy Isbister.  

28 August 2020
Statement on the UK Government decision to resume licensing arms exports to Saudi Arabia
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Statement on the UK Government decision to resume licensing arms exports to Saudi Arabia

The UK has doubled-down on its long-held position as one of the main suppliers of fighter aircraft and bombs for Saudi Arabia’s catastrophic war in Yemen, declaring at the end of a review into its arms export processes that Saudi violations of international humanitarian law (IHL) are not systematic enough to merit restraint. 

8 July 2020
Supporting strategic trade controls in Malaysia
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Supporting strategic trade controls in Malaysia

In February, Saferworld held an interactive training workshop in Penang for freight-forwarding agents, who are on the front line when it comes to facilitating the international movement of strategic trade goods.

1 April 2020
The UK’s arms-to-Saudi quagmire: from tragedy to farce
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The UK’s arms-to-Saudi quagmire: from tragedy to farce

Despite a June court decision barring the UK Government from approving arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UK’s International Trade Secretary has admitted to granting two licences in violation of the ruling. Roy Isbister argues that this is yet another example of how the current UK system is fundamentally flawed.

20 September 2019