Activists bring case at appeal court over UK arms sales to Saudis – The Guardian

Posted April 13th, 2018 in appeals, export controls, news, Saudi Arabia, war crimes, weapons by tracey

‘Human rights campaigners have begun an attempt to overturn a high court judgment that allows the British government to continue to export arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.
The Campaign Against Arms Trade brought the case against Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, seeking permission to appeal against a decision last July that granting licences for the export of arms from the UK to Saudi Arabia was not unlawful. CAAT has warned that British weapons could be used to kill or injure Yemeni civilians.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2018

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Daniella Lock: Questions Regarding Judicial Deference in R (Campaign Against the Arms Trade) v Secretary of State for International Trade – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted July 21st, 2017 in EC law, export controls, news, Saudi Arabia, weapons by tracey

‘Last week, the High Court rejected a claim for judicial review, brought by the NGO “Campaign Against the Arms Trade” against the Secretary of State for International Trade, regarding the exporting of arms to Saudi Arabia. The judges presiding over the case were Lord Justice Burnett and Mr Justice Haddon-Cave. It is argued here that there are several important questions to be asked about the approach to judicial deference taken in this case. They relate to the ‘behind-the-scenes’ role that deference may have played in the judges’ approach to complex factual material in this case, and the extent to which further clarity, as to the treatment of such material in future cases, may be desirable.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 20th July 2017

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High Court allows UK government to continue exporting arms to Saudi Arabia – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 12th, 2017 in export controls, news, Saudi Arabia, weapons by sally

‘A challenge to the legality of UK’s sale of arms to Saudi Arabia has failed. The claim sprang from the conflict in Yemen and the border areas of Saudi Arabia. It focussed on airstrikes conducted by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia in support of the legitimate government of Yemen against the Shia-led Houthi rebellion. UK arms export policy states that the government must deny licenses for sale of arms to regimes if there is a ‘clear risk’ that the arms ‘might’ be used in ‘a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law. This in turn is based on the EU Common Position 2008/944/CFSP on arms export control, which explicitly rules out the authorising of arms licences by Member States in these “clear risk” circumstances.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th July 2017

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UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia ruled lawful – BBC News

Posted July 10th, 2017 in evidence, export controls, news, Saudi Arabia, war, weapons by sally

‘UK government arms sales to Saudi Arabia are lawful, the High Court has ruled, after seeing secret evidence.’

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BBC News, 10th July 2017

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UK court to rule on Saudi arms exports – BBC News

Posted July 10th, 2017 in export controls, news, Saudi Arabia, United Nations, war, weapons by sally

‘The High Court is to rule later on the legality of UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia.’

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BBC News, 10th July 2017

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Export ban for Clive of India’s £6m rare jewelled flask – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 19th, 2017 in artistic works, export controls, news by tracey

‘An extremely rare jewelled flask given to Clive of India after the Battle of Plassey in 1757 could be exported from the UK unless a buyer can match the £6 million price tag. Culture Minister Matt Hancock has put temporary export bars on the flask and on Clive’s huqqa smoking set, which has a price tag of £240,000, to give UK buyers the chance to save the Mughal treasures for the nation.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th January 2017

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Brexit: Legal battle over UK’s single market membership – BBC News

Posted November 29th, 2016 in appeals, EC law, export controls, news, referendums, Supreme Court, treaties by sally

‘The government is facing a legal battle over whether the UK stays inside the single market after it has left the EU, the BBC has learned.’

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BBC News, 28th November 2016

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UK places export ban on £1.2m Hogarth painting – The Guardian

Posted November 17th, 2016 in artistic works, export controls, news by sally

‘One of William Hogarth’s earliest paintings satirising the lives of the wealthy in 18th-century England is in danger of leaving Britain unless £1.2m can be raised by a UK buyer.’

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The Guardian, 16th November 2016

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Pressure builds for investigation into London arms trade fair after judge sees evidence of illegal weapons sales – The Independent

‘Anti-arms trade campaigners have put pressure on the Government to act after officials’ business-as-usual response to a court ruling warning that illegal arms could be changing hands at at London arms fair.’

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The Independent, 16th April 2016

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Returning refugees to Yemen may breach human rights, says UK – The Guardian

Posted April 15th, 2016 in export controls, human rights, news, refugees, Saudi Arabia, weapons by tracey

‘Indiscriminate acts of violence by both sides in the civil war in Yemen, including Saudi bombing of medical centres, is so widespread that the Britain has declared sending asylum seekers back to most parts of the country would likely be a breach of the European convention on human rights.’

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The Guardian, 14th April 2016

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Export bar placed on Robert the Bruce seal to prevent sale to a foreign buyer – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 23rd, 2016 in artistic works, export controls, news by tracey

‘Despite a chequered history, Westminster has come to the aid of Robert the Bruce to prevent his seal being sold to a foreign buyer.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd March 2016

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MPs to investigate use of British weapons by Saudi Arabia in Yemen ‘humanitarian disaster’ – The Independent

Posted March 11th, 2016 in export controls, news, Saudi Arabia, select committees, weapons by tracey

‘MPs have launched an investigation whether British-made arms are being used by Saudi Arabian forces in a widely-criticised military campaign in Yemen.’

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The Independent, 10th March 2016

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British arms sales to Israel face high court challenge – The Guardian

‘The government faces being dragged into the high court over the sale of military hardware to Israel in an unprecedented legal move that puts the UK’s controversial export policy on a potential collision course with the EU.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2014

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Campaign group is ‘appalled’ after proposed case accusing defence companies of torture equipment marketing collapses – The Independent

‘State prosecutors were yesterday accused of “abject failure” to ensure two defence companies answer allegations of marketing torture equipment at the world’s largest arms fair in London after a private case against the firms collapsed.’

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The Independent, 10th July 2014

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American Idol Kelly Clarkson faces export ban from UK Government over Jane Austen ring – The Independent

Posted August 2nd, 2013 in export controls, news by sally

“The Government has stepped in to stop US singer Kelly Clarkson taking a gold and turquoise ring once owned by Jane Austen out of the country.”

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The Independent, 1st August 2013

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Live animal export suspension at Ramsgate overturned – BBC News

Posted October 17th, 2012 in animal cruelty, appeals, export controls, local government, news by tracey

“A temporary suspension of live animal exports from the Port of Ramsgate has been overturned by the High Court.”

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BBC News, 16th October 2012

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Fears of human rights abuses prompt UK to revoke arms export licences – The Guardian

Posted July 13th, 2012 in export controls, human rights, news, weapons by sally

“The UK must change its arms export policy to prevent weapons and other military equipment being sold to authoritarian regimes because the Arab spring has shown the system is fundamentally flawed, a Commons report warns.”

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The Guardian, 13th July 2012

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Industry and Exports (Financial Support) Act 2009

Posted May 22nd, 2009 in export controls, legislation by sally

Industry and Exports (Financial Support) Act 2009 published

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Law ‘has failed to stop innocuous items being sold to make WMDs’ – The Times

Posted August 7th, 2007 in export controls, news, weapons by sally

“Foreign agents attempting to buy ‘innocent’ components for weapons of mass destruction from British companies are still able to exploit Britain’s export laws despite the introduction of licensing restrictions, a group of senior MPs said yesterday.”

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The Times, 7th August 2007

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