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Amnesty Int’l slams UK Court over arms sales to Saudi Arabia

A UK court ruling that the government is entitled to continue authorizing arms supplies to Saudi Arabia is a potentially deadly setback to Yemeni civilians, Amnesty International said today, Amnesty International reported.

The High Court in London dismissed a legal challenge from the NGO Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), which claimed that such arms transfers should not take place because of the clear risk that the weapons supplied would be used to commit serious violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen's armed conflict.

This is a deeply disappointing outcome which gives a green light to the UK authorities � and potentially Saudi Arabia's other arms suppliers � to continue authorizing arms transfers to the Kingdom despite the clear risk they will be used to commit violations, Amnesty International quoted Head of Arms Control and Human Rights at Amnesty International James Lynch as saying.

The verdict is a deadly blow for Yemenis under attack from a Saudi Arabia-led coalition bolstered by UK-manufactured weapons, Lynch said.

Since the conflict in Yemen began, more than 13,000 civilians have been killed and injured.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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