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IHRC: UK Court ruling to sell arms to S. Arabia disregards facts

IHRC is deeply dismayed by the high court ruling today clearing the way for the British government to continue supplying arms to Saudi Arabia despite evidence that their use is violating international law by deliberately killing and maiming innocent civilians in the war in Yemen, the statement reads.

The UN estimates conservatively that more than 10,000 civilians have been killed and 40,000 wounded in the war in Yemen. In the country, which was already the Arab world's poorest, nearly 19 million people � 80% of the population � are in need of humanitarian aid, and more than three million have been displaced.

Last year a leaked UN report described widespread and systematic targeting of civilians in Saudi-led strikes, including the bombing of health facilities, schools, wedding parties and camps for internally displaced people.

In September 2016 IHRC wrote to the British PM Theresa May demanding she stopped arms sales to Riyadh following another damning report accusing the Middle Eastern regime of using the weapons to commit human rights abuses in Yemen.

The draft report by the Committee on Arms Exports Control said it was likely British weapons had been used to violate international law.

The European Parliament and the House of Commons International Development Committee have both recommended an arms export ban.

A 2015 report by IHRC concluded that the Saudi-led coalition has committed war crimes in Yemen. The coalition forces have done very little to distinguish between military and civilian targets, with the Yemeni civilian population representing the main victims in the conflict.

Through this war in which thousands have killed or wounded and hundreds of thousands displaced, the Yemeni people's political aspirations have been silenced, as well as their legitimate right to put an end to a dictatorship.

Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) launched the high-profile judicial review of the government's decision to continue granting weapons export to the country despite widespread concern over the civilian death toll of the Saudi-led campaign against its southern.

Meanwhile Amnesty International slammed US Court act which was approved on Monday, saying 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.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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