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Arms trade: Where are British weapons going?

The government licenses the sale of weapons to 13 countries of concern, including Russia, Syria and Israel

By Josh Lowe  

Russia, Iran, Israel: the past few weeks have seen these and other powerful and militant states stirring up violence across the globe.

Perfect timing, then, for the House of Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls (CAEC) to release a hefty report demanding that the government explain why we still allow the supply of arms to these and other nations with questionable human rights records.

In general, the report says our arms export controls have undergone a “substantive weakening,” because where the government used to refuse licenses on the grounds of “concern that the goods might be used…

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