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Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN 268570, tabled on 24 June 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to paragraph 141 of the 20 June 2019 Court of Appeal Judgment for what reason the Government stopped considering Saudi Arabia's past violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen in 2016.

Answered on

27 June 2019

The Government has always taken into account the past record of Saudi Arabia in respect of international humanitarian law when making export licensing decisions. The Court of Appeal judgment concerns reaching findings on IHL in specific incidents. The Government’s approach has recognised the inherent difficulty of doing so where we do not have access to complete information. We are now considering the implications of the judgment for decision-making.

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Department for International Trade
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