To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to assess whether export licenses of (a) crowd control equipment and (b) ammunition to Chile have resulted in a clear risk that the export might be being used for internal repression.
13 July 2020
We continue to monitor developments in Chile closely. The UK Government considers all our export applications thoroughly against a strict risk assessment framework and keep all licences under careful and continual review as standard. We rigorously examine each export licence application on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. Risks around human rights violations or abuses are a key part of our assessment. The UK Government does not approve export licences for equipment and technology where we assess there is a clear risk that it might be used for internal repression.