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Arms Trade: Exports

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 27609, tabled on 10 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on the export of (a) arms and (b) crowd control devices to overseas governments that his Department has classified as (i) non-democratic and (ii) oppressive.

Answered on

17 March 2020

Risks around human rights violations or abuses form a core part of the assessment of export licence applications, and are a key factor in the approval or denial of a licence. We do not export equipment where we assess there is a clear risk that it might be used for internal repression. A careful assessment of equipment, potential end use and end user is central to the assessment process. When making assessments, we draw on a range of sources including the media, international organisations, our diplomatic posts, from across Government and reports from our overseas networks.