The UK government’s push to secure the £5 billion Saudi arms deal citing job preservation at BAE Systems draws criticism with concerns over the civilian harm from such weapons in Yemen conflict.
In 2021, $592 billion were made in sales by the 100 largest arms companies around the world. AOAV analysed the marketing techniques used on the websites of 25 of the world’s largest weapons producers.
The UK High Court ruled against the Campaign Against Arms Trade’s (CAAT) judicial review, allowing the UK Government to continue licensing arms sales to Saudi Arabia, despite widespread concerns of humanitarian law violations in Yemen.
The UK’s Special Forces have been reported on operations in almost twenty countries in just over 10 years. Here we outline why this might be concern.
Data on costs associated with Defence Loan Service Personnel to 85 countries, including human rights priority nations, reveal global cost of up to £40m in 2022.
Communal violence and escalating conflict between rival generals in Sudan, particularly in the far south and the restive Darfur region, have resulted in civilian deaths and raised concerns of a widening conflict across the country’s frontier regions.
The Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights report highlights that the UK’s growing military partnerships risk increased civilian harm and decreased accountability, urging the need for stronger civilian harm mitigation policies.
This report examines the UK arms export to Yemen 2012-2022
Action on Armed Violence analyses the impact of the Arms Trade Treaty on civilian harm from Saudi Arabian explosive weapons in Yemen.
In January 2023, Action on Armed Violence recorded 3,211 deaths and injuries from 524 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 50% (1,614) of the deaths and injuries recorded.
86% of the 3,306 recorded civilian casualties from explosive violence perpetrated by signatories to the Political Declaration occurred in populated areas.
New data shows how the MoD, weapons manufacturers, and the Saudi government work closely together to maintain the Saudi military.