‘Irrational & unlawful’: UK govt dealt landmark defeat over arms sales to Saudi Arabia
Published time: 20 Jun, 2019 10:24
In a legal challenge brought by anti-arms trade campaigners, three of the UK’s top judges concluded that it was “irrational and unlawful” of the government to allow arms sales to Saudi Arabia without making proper checks.
The UK Court of Appeal has ruled that the British government has “made no attempt” to assess whether Riyadh had breached international humanitarian law in the Yemen war.
… the process of decision-making by the Government was wrong in law in one significant respect.
However, the judges said that their ruling does not mean that UK arms export licences to Saudi Arabia have to be suspended immediately.
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