Sheep magazine Archive 2: issues 10-17


Lefty online magazine: issue 10, May 2016 to issue 17, November 2016

and democracy, but it is arming and supporting some of the most repressive

regimes in the world. The impact of UK arms sales is clear in Yemen, where

British fighter jets and bombs have been central to the Saudi-led destruction,”

he told The Independent.

“These regimes aren’t just buying weapons, they’re also buying political

support and legitimacy. How likely is the UK to act against human rights

violations in these countries when it is also profiting from them?


“There is no such thing as arms control in a war zone and there is no way of

knowing how these weapons will be used. The fact that so many weapons

were sold to Russia and Libya is a reminder that the shelf-life of weapons is

often longer than the governments and situations they were sold to.”

A Government spokesperson said its approach to arms export control was

“sufficiently tough”.

“The Government takes its arms export control responsibilities very seriously

and operates one of the most robust regimes in the world. We rigorously

examine every brokering application on a pre-licensing case-by-case basis

against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria.

“Export licensing requires us to consider how the equipment will be used by

the end-user and risks around human rights abuses are a key part of our

assessment. We consider this approach to be sufficiently tough but where

there is evidence of a need for further action we have the powers to do so

under existing legislation”.

Artwork: Paul Tompsett


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