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Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 105334, tabled on 19 October 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of (a) whether the Saudi-led coalition’s documented use of physical and mental torture and other forms of ill-treatment against prisoners detained during conflict is indicative of that coalition’s capacity and intent to comply with Article 19 of the Geneva Conventions and (b) the implications for her policies on arms export controls of the conclusions of that initial assessment.

Answered on

28 October 2020

The Government takes extremely seriously allegations of international humanitarian law violations and access restrictions. The UK urges the parties to the conflict to investigate these allegations and take action to uphold their commitments under international humanitarian law.