Campaign Against Arms Trade

Human Rights Are Not for Sale: Why the UK Must Stop Arming Bahrain

Andrew Smith | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Arms sales are not apolitical acts. On one hand, they bolster the buyers by giving them a British endorsement as a fig-leaf of respectability, but they also buy the UK government's political support and compliance. As the crackdown continues to escalate it is becoming increasingly clear that decisions being made in support of arms sales are having serious consequences for the victims of state repression.

Reinventing the Clyde and Putting Human Rights at the Heart of Scottish Foreign Policy

Andrew Smith | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

With the polls tightening and the bookmakers shortening their odds, there is now a very real chance that Scottish people will vote for independence in two weeks time... However, one of the most positive contributions has been the Scottish Government's commitment to a 'do no harm' arms exports policy in the event of a Yes vote.

Government Could Be Sued Over Arms Trade With Israel

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK

Campaigners have threatened the Government with legal action over its failure to suspend exports of military equipment to Israel. A law firm acting...

Disarming Our Culture: Why the Science Museum Must End Its Support for the Arms Trade

Andrew Smith | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

The Science Museum in London is among the most popular tourist attractions in the country, but on Monday 14 July it will be opening its doors to some of the biggest arms companies and most oppressive regimes in the world.

The UK Is Betraying the People of Bahrain

Andrew Smith | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Without justice there can be no peace in Bahrain, and that won't change as long as the UK is happy to promote and provide political cover for an illegitimate government that is inflicting untold misery on its own citizens. Only by ending the political and military support that is strengthening the regime can the UK ensure that it is promoting human rights and acting the best interests of the people of Bahrain.

Inside Europe's Biggest Arms Company

Andrew Smith | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Upon leaving the meeting and re-entering the real world we were treated to a sub-standard packed lunch and a shuttle bus back to the train station. What is clear is that Carr and the rest of the board has bought into their own propaganda and a dystopian world-view in which strengthening tyrants is a way to bring peace and stability, and where the human consequences of war have nothing whatsoever to do with those who provide the weapons.

What Lies Behind the UK's Relationship With Saudi Arabia?

Andrew Smith | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

You would be hard pushed to find a country where human rights mean less than in Saudi Arabia... Despite the widespread human rights abuses, the regime is not short of international support.

Jessica Elgot

Sanctions On Russia? Not When Arms Trade Is Worth £86m To UK

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK

Britain has sold more than £86m of sniper rifles, ammunition, drones and laser technology to Russia in just over a year, it can be revealed. There...

Prince Charles Should Be Promoting Human Rights, Not Acting as an Arms Dealer

Andrew Smith | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK
Andrew Smith

If we are to be judged by the company we keep then Prince Charles has a lot of explaining to do. This week the future king has been strutting his stuff on the international stage, with highly publicised visits to dictatorships in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Bahrain.

'Acting Like A Travelling Salesman For Arms Deals'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Politics

The Prime Minister has been accused of acting like "a travelling salesman for the arms industry" as he begins a visit to Gulf states aimed at selling ...

Keep the Arms Industry Out of the Natural History Museum

Kaye Stearman | Posted 06.09.2012 | Home
Kaye Stearman

The Museum Director Doctor Michael Dixon says that the museum needs the funds and that the reception is a purely commercial transaction, not "an expression of support for the arms industry".

Art Not Arms - It's Time to Disarm the National Gallery

Kaye Stearman | Posted 03.06.2012 | Home
Kaye Stearman

The National Gallery is one of Britain's most iconic public institutions. So what a huge pity that the National Gallery is also supporting the arms trade, by accepting sponsorship from Italian arms giant Finmeccanica.

A Farewell to Arms Export Secrecy

Kaye Stearman | Posted 18.05.2012 | UK Politics
Kaye Stearman

Mention the arms trade - making, marketing, buying and selling deadly weapons - and most people feel uneasy, especially when they see weapons being sold to undemocratic, repressive or unstable regimes. But how do we find out what weapons are going where?