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Riot Control Weapons: USA

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 84166, tabled on 2 September 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many and which incidents were examined as part of the re-assessment of exports of riot control equipment to the US conducted by his Department in June 2020 in order to determine whether they have potentially (a) constituted breaches of Criterion 2a of the Consolidated Criteria for Arms Export Licensing and (b) amounted to a pattern of activity likely to create a risk of such breaches.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

9 September 2020

Export Control Joint Unit collated information from a broad range of sources. Reports by Amnesty International, US Press Freedom Tracker and Bellingcat, as well as incidents flagged prominently as being of particular concern by Non-Governmental Organisations, media organisations and reporting from the diplomatic missions across the USA, were considered in more detail.

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