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Arms Trade: Human Rights

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 66935, tabled on 30 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential risks to human rights of sales of ammunition to countries with no existing military conflicts.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

7 July 2020

All export licence applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. A careful assessment of potential end use and end user is central to the decision making process. Risks around human rights violations or abuses are a key part of our assessment. We do not approve export licences for equipment and technology where we assess there is a clear risk that it might be used for internal repression.

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