UK court exonerates two in Saudi bribery case amid British government approval claims

Jeffrey Cook and John Mason have been acquitted in a case accusing them of bribing Saudi officials for defence contracts, after evidence suggested the UK and Saudi governments had sanctioned the payments.

Profits, but at what price? UK’s job protection claims in Saudi BAE arms deal face scrutiny amid Yemen conflict concerns

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.

Selling Death: how arms manufacturers put a positive spin on weapons production

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.

High Court Dismisses CAAT’s Challenge to UK-Saudi Arms Trade; Yemeni Civilian Lives Continue to Hang in Balance

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.

Britain’s Special Forces on service in at least 19 countries since 2011

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.

UK Ministry of Defence reveals Defence Loan Service Personnel expenditure

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.

Escalating violence and civilian casualties in Sudan raise concerns of broadening conflict

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.

Expanding UK military partnerships: accountability and civilian harm comes under the spotlight

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.

UK arms exports to Yemen (2012-2022)

This report examines the UK arms export to Yemen 2012-2022

Case studies: Saudi Arabia in Yemen – Assessing the effectiveness of the Arms Trade Treaty, Part 8

Action on Armed Violence analyses the impact of the Arms Trade Treaty on civilian harm from Saudi Arabian explosive weapons in Yemen.

Explosive Violence in January 2023

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.

A step forward: 10 countries that signed Ireland’s Political Declaration have been responsible for civilian harm from explosive weapons in populated areas within last decade

86% of the 3,306 recorded civilian casualties from explosive violence perpetrated by signatories to the Political Declaration occurred in populated areas.