Efforts are continuing, for the time being in vain, to stop the United Kingdom from selling arms to Saudi Arabia, as this regime uses them to kill Yemeni civilians.
The Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) has filed a new case with the UK Supreme Court, arguing that it has “overwhelming evidence” that Riyadh uses British-made bombs and fighters “to violate humanitarian law in Yemen.
According to CAAT, more than 10,000 people have died since the beginning of the Saudi and its allies’ aggression against Yemen on 26 March 2015, and insist that British weapons have clearly contributed to “creating a humanitarian catastrophe,” local media reported Tuesday.
In support of the CAAT, representatives of various humanitarian groups such as Oxfam, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) gathered outside the Supreme Court today, just before the start of the session.
“With the sale of billions of pounds sterling in arms to Saudi Arabia, [British] ministers are signing the death sentence of the people in Yemen,” warns Lucy Claridge, AI’s Director of Strategic Litigation, who was among those gathered outside the UK Supreme Court.
Claridge also recalled that a number of European countries have already stopped the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia because they know that this practice violates the rule of law, and they have been
What is the purpose of CAAT?
The Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) seeks to appeal and overturn a Supreme Court ruling, which in 2017 declared the sale of arms to Riyadh “lawful,” despite the rising death toll in Yemen, including children and women.
CAAT denounces that the British government “violates” its own arms export regulations: it states that the sale must cease when a “clear risk” is detected that its use is violating humanitarian law.