Stop Arming Saudi

The bombing of Yemen began in March 2015, seven years ago, since then

  • The UN has estimated that the war in Yemen had killed 377,000 people by the end of 2021, through direct and indirect causes.

  •  Over 150,000 of these deaths were the direct result of the armed conflict, while far more have died due to hunger and disease as a result of the humanitarian crisis caused by the war.
  • Nearly 15,000 civilians have been killed by direct military action, most of them in air strikes by the Saudi-led Coalition,
  • with homes and farms, schools and hospitals, weddings and funerals targeted.  Arms sales in these circumstances are prohibited by UK rules, which say they should not be allowed where there is a “clear risk” that a weapon “might” be used in a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law.
  • The UK has licensed more than £6.8 billion of arms sales to Saudi Arabia since the bombing began – but the real level of exports is a great deal higher than the published figures.
  • The UK’s biggest arms company, BAE Systems, has made £17.5 billion in revenue from services and sales to Saudi Arabia.

The UK is on the wrong side of history: urgent action is needed to end this deadly conflict.

The UK government must end arms sales for use in the war on Yemen, increase resources to end the humanitarian crisis created by the war, and support efforts to build a sustainable peace.

[source https://caat.org.uk/ ]

£42,611,066 of UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia July-Sept 2021 

£102,925,927 of UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia Apr-June 2021 

£93,220,525 of UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia Jan-March 2021

[source https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/strategic-export-controls-licensing-statistics-quarterly-reports]

The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) https://caat.org.uk/and Mwatana for Human Rights, a grassroots organisation working in Yemen, have been jointly nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for our work to stop UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia. This nomination recognises the remarkable dedication of Mwatana, a group documenting human rights violations by all parties to the war and raising the voices of Yemeni people in exceptionally dangerous circumstances. But it’s also a tribute to you. If you have ever signed a petition, shared on social media, written to your MP, made a donation, or any other action, you have helped to make this happen – thank you.

Record UK arms sales resumed in July 2020, despite UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia being declared unlawful, in a historic judgment from the Court of Appeal in June 2019. The case is going to the High court next.

£52,074,826 of UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia Oct-Dec 2020 including components for bombs and combat aircraft, ammunition, missiles and global navigation satellite systems jamming equipment

£1,394,092,787 RECORD quarterly UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia July-Sept 2020 including air-to-air missiles. air-to-surface missiles, drone equipment and technology for bombs

£8,797,018 of UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia Apr-June 2020

£17,489,031 of UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia Jan-Mar 2020

The UK government’s appeal to the Supreme Court will be heard between 23-25 November 2020. The government is challenging the Court of Appeal’s 2019 ruling that all new UK licences for the export of weapons to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen must be halted and all existing licences be reviewed.

Despite the Court of Appeal’s 2019 decision, the UK government and UK arms manufacturers have continued to supply weapons to the Saudi regime, profiting from the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Please help us to stop them and ensure that UK-made fighter jets and missiles can no longer be used in violation of international humanitarian law and in the destruction of Yemen and its people.

Image of Jeremy Corbyn's statementPolitical pressure is vital now to ensure arms sales are actually stopped. The latest six months of published sales by the government showa significant drop over over 99% on the previos six month’s stockpiling sales

Please email your MP today: www.caat.org.uk/unlawful

UK-made weapons are being used in Saudi Arabia’s devastating bombing in Yemen, and the government continues to license further arms exports – despite overwhelming evidence of repeated breaches of international humanitarian law.

The UK’s continued supply of arms to Saudi Arabia during its bombing campaign in Yemen is a flagrant breach of UK arms export regulation.
The UK government admits that Saudi Arabia is using UK weapons in its attacks on Yemen: warplanes, bombs and missiles – but it has repeatedly ignored and denied evidence of violations of international law.

The government consistently puts arms sale sales promotion before human lives and has stopped at nothing to keep the weapons flowing to Saudi Arabia. We have been supplying Saudi-led attacks on Yemen since March 2015 backed by UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Egypt.

latest Government figures for arms exports to all countries

Campaign Against Arms Trade – Stop Arming Saudi:

lobby your MP https://www.caat.org.uk/get-involved/act-now/lobby/saudi-lobby

£430,200 of UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia Oct-Dec 2019

£581,894 of UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia July-Sept 2019

£810,521 of UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia Apr-June 2019

£636,352,815 of UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia  Jan-Mar 2019 including air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, combat aircraft, equipment for the production of bombs

£11,414,054 of UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia  Oct-Dec 2018

£1,609,047 of UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia  July-Sept 2018

£5,385,560  of UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia Apr-June 2018

£41,557,626 of UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia Jan-Mar 2018

£5,894,639 of UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia Oct-Dec 2017

£6,792,688 of UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia  July-Sept 2017

£836,003,008 of UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia Apr-June 2017 mainly air-to-air missiles

£280,888,523 of UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia Jan-Mar 2017 including combat aircraft, projectile launchers and sniper rifles

£2,021,696 of UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia Oct-Dec 2016 including “components for BOMBS”

£4,351,143 of UK arms exported to Saudi Arabia  July-Sept 2016 including sniper rifles, weapon night sights, components for assault rifles and for bombs, body armour, military helmets and components for combat aircraft, naval vessels, military aircraft and artillery. £44,659,081 of arms was sold to UAE; £3,988,531 to Jordan; £1,469,876 to Qatar; £1,183,11 to Kuwait, £172,846 to Egypt, £155,458 to Bahrain.

Britain exported £16,920 of improvised explosive device disposal equipment to Yemen.

Apr-June 2016 Britain exported £5,505,848 of arms to Saudi Arabia and Britain exported NO arms to Yemen

Jan – March 2016 Britain exported
£526,300,414 of arms to Saudi Arabia  
£ 55,596,907 to UAE
£ 4,629,739 to Jordan
£ 2,822,849 to Bahrain
£ 2,894,919 to Kuwait
£ 2,771,296 to Qatar
£ 1,515,525 to Egypt
Britain exported £248,700 of body armour and military helmets to Yemen.

Oct- Dec 2015 Britain exported £6,672,755 of arms to Saudi Arabia. Britain exported NO arms to Yemen

July-Sept 2015 Britain exported £1,080,855,244 of arms to Saudi Arabia including “air-to-air missiles, body armour, bombs, components for combat helicopters gun silencers, weapon night sights”. Britain exported NO arms to Yemen

April – June 2015 Britain exported £1,724,085,176 of arms to Saudi Arabia and NO arms to Yemen

Jan-March 2015 Britain exported £31,209,137 of arms to Saudi Arabia. Britain exported £27,222 of arms to Yemen

There are UN reports of Saudi war crimes committed against the civilian population of Yemen. Thousands of people have died, over 14 million Yemeni people are going hungry, and around 1.8 million children are out of school. A thousand schools have been damaged beyond use in the course of the bombing, which is ongoing.

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