UK arms exports to Saudis to continue amid record missile sales

The UK saw its largest quarterly increase in arms export to Saudi Arabia since the Kingdom began their bombing campaign in Yemen, official figures reveal. And last night, in a debate on Yemen in parliament, the government showed no sign of aligning with President Biden’s commitment, announced last week, to stop arming Saudi Arabia’s offensive […]

UK approves military exports to 80% of countries on own restricted list

Britain has approved exports of military goods to 80% of the countries on its own embargoed, sanctioned or trade restricted list in just over five years, new analysis reveals.  Of the 73 destinations that the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) lists as “subject to arms embargo, trade sanctions and other trade restrictions”, 58 have […]

A Force For Good? Britain’s Overseas Military Alliances Held Up to Scrutiny

The prospect of a new post-Brexit Global Britain is a chance to be “a force for good in the world,” according to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in a Sunday Telegraph article he wrote just over a year ago. And the past year has shown that Mr Raab’s ambitions are certainly matched by those of the […]

The UK’s 2019 defence and security exports – examined

The UK has retained its position as the second-largest defence exporter in the world, according to annual figures published by the government.  Despite a £3 billion drop in defence orders from 2018, the UK still sold £11 billion worth of military equipment last year (2019), constituting 16% of the global defence market. This is roughly […]

UK approved arms exports to Armenia and Azerbaijan

The UK has approved exports for military equipment and ammunition to both Armenia and Azerbaijan in the past year, the two nations currently fighting over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. This is despite the UK being signed up to an arms embargo to both nations.  Government data reveals that, since 2010, the UK Department for […]

50 states join the Arms Trade Treaty:

The global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will enter into force on 24 December 2014 after the 50th country ratified the agreement on Thursday. Last year, the UN General Assembly adopted the treaty, designed to regulate the trade in conventional arms, by an overwhelming majority, with 154 countries voting yes. Argentina, the Bahamas, Bosnia & Herzegovina, […]

Eurosatory 2014 in pictures: AOAV at the world’s largest arms trade fair

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Sierra Leone launches weapons marking and registration programme

Last week marked the launch of the Sierra Leone Weapons Marking and Computerisation Programme, which is managed by the Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms (SLeNCSA) and supported by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). Hon. Joseph B. Dauda, Minister of Internal Affairs, led the event which showcased a marking demonstration by newly trained members […]

Another explosive escalation: US-made missiles seen in Syria

Videos have emerged on social media of Syrian rebels using American-made BGM-71 TOW anti-tank guided missiles against government targets. Some media outlets are reporting that these weapons have been supplied to the rebels directly by the American government, but for the moment the evidence for such claims is circumstantial at best. Regardless of the provenance […]

In focus: Kristen Rand, Legislative Director of the Violence Policy Center

AOAV:  What is the Violence Policy Centre? Kristen Rand:  We’re a national non-profit organisation, and we do research and policy development and advocacy to reduce gun violence in America. AOAV: What is your main role in the policy centre? Rand:  I’m the legislative director, I handle all of our lobbying and legislative activities.  We are sort […]

In focus: Geoffrey Duke, South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms

Geoffrey Duke works for the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms. He lives in Juba, South Sudan. AOAV: What does the network do? Geoffrey Duke: The network works to reduce gun violence in South Sudan. Gun violence is an enormous problem here, even after the hostilities between the North and the South. Violence has […]

AOAV responds to reports that US is to sign the Arms Trade Treaty

Following reports that US Secretary of State John Kerry will sign the Arms Trade Treaty on behalf of the USA this morning, Steve Smith, CEO of Action on Armed Violence, said: “The US’s actions to help end the spread of arms that fuel atrocities and abuse is a noble one.  The United States is the world’s largest […]