War Profiteers https://www.wri-irg.org/en en New resource: the Database of Israeli Military and Security Export https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2021/new-resource-database-israeli-military-and-security-export <div data-history-node-id="42348" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2021-02/dimsephoto.jpg?itok=nr6sR5Qj 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2021-02/dimsephoto.jpg?itok=ng40IXGz 1x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2021-02/dimsephoto.jpg?itok=ng40IXGz" alt="A screen shot from the DIMSE website" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption"></div> <time > 12 Feb 2021</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A new database of Israeli military and security exports – <a href="www.dimse.info">www.dimse.info</a> - has been launched. The new database, developed by the American Friends Service Committee, is a tool for journalists, academics, campaigners, and other civil society actors critical of Israel’s arms export and its effect on human rights around the world.</p> <p>DIMSE gathers information about Israeli military and security exports listing information by country, by weapons, and by companies. The database presents information about Israeli military and security exports between the years 2000-2020. Beside a detailed list of arms deals for each country, the database analyses the economic and military relations with Israel and shows how Israeli arms were used in the different countries. It also collected instances of human rights violations committed with Israeli arms both in Israel, and by the receiving countries. Among the 46 countries that have been investigated in the database you can find Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, Azerbaijan, South Sudan, Morocco, Mexico, Colombia, Germany and many more. For example, by combining different information and sources, the database shows how drones that were used by the Israeli air force in Gaza and were involved in the killing of Palestinian civilians, were presented later as “combat-proven” and then sold to different countries, among them, countries that are involved in multiple violations of human rights.</p> <p>Israel is one of the world’s major exporters of military equipment. In 2019, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) ranked Israel as the 8th largest arms exporter in the world. According to different reports, Israel has sold arms to over 130 countries over the past few decades, most of them are unknown to the public. The new database includes data on 46 counties, and more will be updated in the future.</p> <p>Contact person: <a href="mailto:JHempel@afsc.org">JHempel@afsc.org</a></p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programme/war-profiteers" hreflang="en">War Profiteers</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/228" hreflang="en">Israel</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/63" hreflang="en">arms trade</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/62" hreflang="en">small arms</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/507" hreflang="en">Police militarisation</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Police militarisation theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/pm-themes/equipment-training-and-tactics" hreflang="en">Equipment, training and tactics</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42348&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="_Pk7r1Y-khqBXXo92fWVwDvBeF3L1urX0SqpPi_7xDw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Fri, 12 Feb 2021 11:09:23 +0000 Andrew 42348 at https://www.wri-irg.org How banks, insurers and pension funds finance the business of war in Spain https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/how-banks-insurers-and-pension-funds-finance-business-war-spain <div data-history-node-id="42221" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <time > 02 Nov 2020</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><ul> <li align="justify" style="margin-bottom: 11px; text-align: left;"><span style="line-height:115%"><b>A new report from the Centre d’Estudis per la Pau, published as part of the Armed Banking Campaign, identifies for the first time insurers and pension funds that invest in arms companies.</b></span></li> <li align="justify" style="margin-bottom: 11px; text-align: left;"><span style="line-height:115%"><b>The ranking of "armed banks" in Spain continues to be led by BBVA, Santander, ING, Deutsche Bank, Banco Sabadell, Bankia and Caixabank.</b></span></li> </ul> <p align="justify" style="margin-bottom:11px; text-align:left"><span style="line-height:115%">According to a new report published by Centre d’Estudis per la Pau to analyse the way banks, pension funds and insurers are funding the arms industry, the total financing to the arms industry by financial institutions operating in Spain reached nearly </span>€<span style="line-height:115%">11,969 million between the years 2014 and 2019. The largest armed banks operating in Spain are again BBVA, Santander, ING, Deutsche Bank, Banco Sabadell, Bankia and Caixabank.</span></p> <p align="justify" style="text-align:left"><span style="line-height:115%">BBVA and Santander stand out, because their financing of the arms sector represents 62% of the total Spanish market. </span></p> <p align="justify" style="text-align:left"><span style="line-height:115%">The report highlights two arms companies with a well-known track record in the military sector for different reasons: Indra in terms of the development of technological products and services used on missiles and warplanes for border control and surveillance products; and Maxam, a major ammunition company with a clear business relationship with Saudi Arabia.</span></p> <p align="justify" style="text-align:left"><span style="line-height:115%">This information is confirmed by the new report published by the Centre Delàs d'Estudis per la Pau published within the framework of the Armed Banking campaign that not only analyses armed banks in Spain, but also investigates the financing of weapons by insurers and pension funds for the first time. The report can be found (in Spanish) here: <font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="http://centredelas.org/publicacions/informe-45-del-centre-delas-asseguradores-i-fons-de-pensions-que-financien-empreses-darmes-actualitzacio-de-la-banca-armada-a-espanya-2020/?lang=es" style="color:#0000ff">http://centredelas.org/publicacions/informe-45-del-centre-delas-asseguradores-i-fons-de-pensions-que-financien-empreses-darmes-actualitzacio-de-la-banca-armada-a-espanya-2020/?lang=es</a></u></font></span></p> <h1 style="text-align: left;"><span style="line-height:115%"><b>Insurers and armed pension funds</b></span></h1> <p align="justify" style="text-align:left"><span style="line-height:115%">"After 14 years of research and actions on the financing of the armaments sector, we have considered it necessary to analyse the relations between the other major pillar of the financial system, the insurance and pension funds sector, and the arms industry. What investments are made with the large sums that we accumulate with our premiums or our contributions to a pension plan?" asks Eduardo Aragón, member of the Centre Delàs, integrated into the Armed Banking campaign and author of the report.</span></p> <p align="justify" style="text-align:left"><span style="line-height:115%">Among the insurers that operate in Spain and have financed the most arms production are Cardiff Assurance, AXA, BBVA Seguros, Santander Seguros, Allianz, MetLife, Intensa SanPaolo Life, AIG, Aegon, Liberty Seguros, March Vida, BanSabadell Seguros i Vida, VidaCaixa, and SegurCaixa Adeslas, Mapfre (through Bankia) and Línea Directa. The 26 "armed insurers" operating in Spain accumulate, directly or through the banks to which they belong, a total of 29.767 million euros in arms financing.</span></p> <p align="justify" style="text-align:left"><span style="line-height:115%">The report also identifies armed employment pension plans, which are led by market share by Caixabank, BBVA, Ibercaja, Fonditel, Santander, Bankia, Banco Sabadell, Abanca Vida y Pensiones, Liberbank, Mutua Madrileña, Axa Pensions. Jordi Calvo, coordinator of the Centre Delàs, member of the campaign and author of the report, stresses that "the result is strong. Not only do we finance arms companies through our current accounts, our term deposits of the sale of shares and bonds, but we are also helping decisively to the expansion of the arms sector with the contracting of personal insurance (of life, health, ...), of damages (vehicle, theft, fires, ...), or of provision of services (of assistance in travel, of funerals, ...) and through pension plans."</span></p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programme/war-profiteers" hreflang="en">War Profiteers</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/201" hreflang="en">Spain (State of)</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42221&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="46CPA2S-qdzdxuXI9vtNTbgfi7VIdDFHUM8slzYP3vg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Mon, 02 Nov 2020 13:31:15 +0000 Andrew 42221 at https://www.wri-irg.org USA develops "new" type of fragmentation bomb https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/usa-develops-new-type-fragmentation-bomb <div data-history-node-id="42192" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <time > 14 Sep 2020</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The US air force has tested a new non-exploding fragmentation bomb, which <a href="https://www.acc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2328515/28-tes-conducts-successful-tests-of-blu-136-bomb/">it claims may be used</a> as a "less-hazardous alternative" to cluster bombs. The BLU-136 Next Generation Area Attack Weapon is a 2,000 pound munition made of cast iron, which fragments better than steel, and contains a large number of "fragmentation packs" - steel cubes packed into the device. When the bomb explodes the shell and fragmentation packs produce a "cloud of deadly, but inert shrapnel" capable of cutting through people as well as light vehicles and structures. The military has <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidhambling/2020/09/09/secret-of-usafs-cluster-bomb-replacement-is-technology-from-1784/#4b3fe50b1d7c">signed a seven-year contract worth $600m</a> with the US company Major Tool &amp; Machine and Faxon Machining to produce up to 15,000 of the weapons.</p> <p><a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidhambling/2020/09/09/secret-of-usafs-cluster-bomb-replacement-is-technology-from-1784/#4b3fe50b1d7c">Technology experts have described</a> how this "new technology" is very similar to weapons designed in 1784, when Henry Shrapnel designed a shell made of cast iron and filled with gunpowder and musket balls. The shell was designed to explode in mid air, raining musket balls on the target.</p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programme/war-profiteers" hreflang="en">War Profiteers</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/216" hreflang="en">United States of America</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42192&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="jZFsBP1YEQSKDh4EUPuF_Hhm8WTpseFI05gIfARbObI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Mon, 14 Sep 2020 11:13:53 +0000 Andrew 42192 at https://www.wri-irg.org Eurosatory should be closed for good – and for the good of the world https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/eurosatory-should-be-closed-good-and-good-world <div data-history-node-id="42143" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2018-06/eurosatory_2.jpg?itok=nQHwZdF1 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2018-06/eurosatory_2.jpg?itok=rPo4PcL1 1x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2018-06/eurosatory_2.jpg?itok=rPo4PcL1" alt="A large group of people lie on the floor in front of banners outside the Eurosatory arms fair" title="People protest the Eurosatory arms fair" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption">People protest the Eurosatory arms fair</div> <time > 30 Jun 2020</time> <div class="field field--name-dynamic-twig-fieldnode-author-name-twig field--type-ds field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Author(s)</div> <div class="field--item"> <span>Stop Fuelling War</span> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h1 class="western">What does real security mean? Lessons coronavirus has taught us.</h1> <p>This week marks the non-opening of the world's largest arms fair - Eurosatory - in Paris. Despite the impressive array of fabulously rich backers who look forward to this biennial showcase for the latest and most sophisticated offerings in death and destruction, the salon has been cancelled. Even the avid support of the French government, plus the world’s largest arms companies and their enthusiastic national governments, not to mention the manifold ancillary enterprises which piggy-back on the sale of weapons, could not withstand the risk of coronavirus spreading among the 58,000 visitors and nearly 6,000 international exhibitors. If arms sales know no borders, then neither does a pandemic virus.</p> <h1 class="western">Yes to security - but whose?</h1> <p>This cancellation is particularly ironic, given that massively expensive weapons production and tradeare supposedly justified by their contribution to our security. However, when the immediate threat arrived in the form of a deadly virus, its rapid spread faced little opposition since most governments were so unprepared. Why, you might ask, since a pandemic had already been predicted a decade ago and much more recently by several epidemiologists? But governments ignored the warnings because they were fixated on delivering a different sort of security - one predicated on the availability of highly sophisticated weaponry. By spending huge amounts of money on so-called defence, those in power were certain that they could keep us safe from attack by unspecified enemies.</p> <p>Certainly, no one imagined that the world's most powerful economies could be so easily dismantled without a shot being fired and by so intangible an opponent. Hardly any foresaw that it was a robust and well-funded health service - and not state-of-the-art fighter jets - that would be essential to deal effectively with the terrible fallout. After all, they reasoned, there could be no real urgency or reason to ensure the provision of adequate health facilities needed to deal with a pandemic. Crucial emergency hospital beds or decent grade hospital equipment seemed too far-fetched a demand compared with the immediacy of listening to the arms lobbyists. Far more urgent was the goal of supporting weapons production and ensuring its prosperity. So defence budgets flourished at the expense of health. As we know, the death toll in France exceeded 29,000 on 8th June - the same day that Eurosatory was supposed to open its doors to welcome the world's arms dealers.</p> <h1 class="western">Covid-19, Covid-19, the invisible enemy that weapons can’t kill</h1> <p>Try to imagine what the outcome could have been if even a part of the 'defence' budget had been spent on the health sector! How many doctors and nurses could have been trained for the price of only ONE €97M Dassault Rafale fighter jet? How many extra essential items of equipment, emergency hospital beds, etc. could have been purchased? How much more could have been done to ensure better conditions in care homes (maisons de repos) so that fewer elderly people died before their time? What if some of the defence research budget had been spent on researching the family of coronaviruses, perhaps enabling a vaccine to have been developed early on and lives - not to mention the economy - saved? Ask the domestic abuse victims of the covid-19 lockdowns if they would prefer more spending on armaments to safe shelters that would provide a refuge from a violent home?</p> <h1 class="western">A price worth paying?</h1> <p>In the end, how many French citizens, especially the relatives of those who died unnecessarily because of inadequate provision or care, feel that spending on weapons was a worthwhile sacrifice? We need to ask: against what and whom were the armaments supposed to be defending us? Yet hardly has the first wave of covid-19 started to recede than the arms lobby is again agitating for increased expenditure, especially for the European Defence Fund in which France is a major player.</p> <h1 class="western">Covid-19 and economic recovery: why focus on arms production?</h1> <p>There has been so much propaganda about how the arms industry is essential to employment creation that hardly anyone questions its validity. Yet few governments are willing to say just how many jobs the industry actually provides. Why is this? If the arms industry really were a major employer and contributor to a nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as is claimed, should governments not be delighted to share the news with the electorate? Apparently not. Data are shrouded in secrecy, usually on the grounds of 'national security'. Around 300,000 are employed in the aeronautics industry and ancillary services, but this figure includes the dominant civil aviation sector. So how are we to believe, much less verify, the dubious claim that defence is a big employer?</p> <p>Nonetheless, the French Defence Ministry has just announced a new €15 BN support package for the aerospace industry. Otherwise, he says, 100,000 jobs would be lost. How much of that total is destined for armaments is hidden but the government has also announced that they will bring forward existing orders for military equipment.</p> <h1 class="western">Creating employment in other sectors</h1> <p>As countries gradually emerge from lockdown, the biggest economic challenge facing governments is how to deal with unemployment. In the absence of reliable data proving that the arms industry is a major employer, it's hard to justify huge subsidies if the goal is to maximise employment. Experts will tell you that economies dependent on a few large enterprises concentrated in limited sectors can be a recipe for disaster when it comes to fast economic recovery, largely because an economy based on smaller companies tends to be more flexible, adaptable and responsive - and to create more new jobs.</p> <h1 class="western">Is continuously subsidising arms production the best way to a healthy economy?</h1> <p>Generally speaking, perpetually subsiding any large industry leads to an inefficient distribution of resources. The influential arms lobby has been demanding huge government subsidies to ensure continuing employment. But why favour unwieldy arms companies which can't adapt readily to a post-covid-19 world? If maximising employment as fast as possible is the goal, there are other much more socially useful industries which could flourish with lower initial financial support from government. Although EU competition rules forbid subsidies for national industries, defence remains an expensive exception. In the longer run, an economy which has a significant proportion of small and medium-sized companies would be more likely to survive economic chaos without the consant need for huge government subsidies. It's always remarkable that those who trumpet the benefits of a free market economy are mute when challenged on welfare payments for the defence industry.</p> <h1 class="western">What is real security?</h1> <p>How many unnecessary coronavirus-type deaths will it take for us to understand that our real security CANNOT and MUST NOT depend solely on an arsenal of weapons? When will we acknowledge that when faced with the most devastating real threat in recent history, we were all but helpless? Ensuring real security necessitates including a range of life-enhancing policies. No government is so powerful that it can afford to continuously ignore the true needs of its people: social welfare, healthcare, economic stability, employment, climate justice. But we can’t achieve these goals without diverting funds from bloated ‘defence’ budgets, which ultimately proved powerless against an unexpected tiny silent killer.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-information field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author information</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--authors-and-bios paragraph--id--_47 paragraph--view-mode--bio-only"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/465" hreflang="en">Front Page</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programme/war-profiteers" hreflang="en">War Profiteers</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/123" hreflang="en">France</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/702" hreflang="en">Covid-19</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42143&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="NEVIbP6YFmPH2m3s8cYDPJUVVRZcmAm6uh3zVDfBFyw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:47:40 +0000 Andrew 42143 at https://www.wri-irg.org #MadeInEurope - online action against arms sales to Saudi https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/madeineurope-online-action-against-arms-sales-saudi <div data-history-node-id="42062" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2020-03/made_in_europe.jpg?itok=4DVyZeKh 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2020-03/made_in_europe.jpg?itok=Y6J3Clxb 1x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2020-03/made_in_europe.jpg?itok=Y6J3Clxb" alt="Two people stand holding signs saying &quot;Stop Arming Saudi&quot;" title="Photo: Agir pour la Paix/Twitter" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption">Photo: Agir pour la Paix/Twitter</div> <time > 27 Mar 2020</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>On Wednesday 25th March - the fifth anniversary of the beginning of the Saudi-led coalitions war in Yemen - people across Europe have used social media to protest against arms sales to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and other countries involved in the conflict. Since the beginning of the war, billions of euros worth of arms have been transported, and the coalition is using weapons made across Europe, including the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Belgium. The online action was organised by the European Network Against Arms Trade (ENAAT), of which WRI and several of our affiliates are members.</p> <p>For a summary of some of the companies profiting from the war, see this article in War Profiteers News: <a href="https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/who-arms-saudi-coalition">https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/who-arms-saudi-coalition</a></p> <p> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="fr" xml:lang="fr">5 ans de guerre au Yémen: L'Europe complice. <a href="https://t.co/N9ZdNBVwDi">https://t.co/N9ZdNBVwDi</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StopArmingSaudi?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StopArmingSaudi</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/madeineurope?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#madeineurope</a> <a href="https://t.co/zBrLAgg0SK">pic.twitter.com/zBrLAgg0SK</a></p> <p>— Agir Pour la Paix (@agirpourlapaix_) <a href="https://twitter.com/agirpourlapaix_/status/1242790808442544128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 25, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en" xml:lang="en">Today marks 5 years since the beginning of the war in Yemen, call on your governments to stop their involvement in the deaths of civilians <a href="https://twitter.com/stopfuellingwar?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@stopfuellingwar</a><br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/_ENAAT?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@_ENAAT</a><br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/stoparmingsaudi?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#stoparmingsaudi</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WarInYemen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WarInYemen</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MadeInEurope?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MadeInEurope</a> <a href="https://t.co/p7z2ddcwet">pic.twitter.com/p7z2ddcwet</a></p> <p>— Stop Fuelling War (@stopfuellingwar) <a href="https://twitter.com/stopfuellingwar/status/1242804821452828675?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 25, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p> </p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programme/war-profiteers" hreflang="en">War Profiteers</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/121" hreflang="en">Saudi Arabia</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/149" hreflang="en">Yemen</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42062&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="nQwpp8Eqsckym1FyUUqUjseNRfgqABZQIKvtoiRxiWk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:32:06 +0000 Andrew 42062 at https://www.wri-irg.org Belgium: activists successfully stop Saudi arms ship from docking in Antwerp https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/belgium-activists-successfully-stop-saudi-arms-ship-docking-antwerp <div data-history-node-id="42019" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2020-02/49472746908_f328ab9c0a_k.png?itok=8Xi_e8P6 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/png"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2020-02/49472746908_f328ab9c0a_k.png?itok=aVfj8dS7 1x" type="image/png"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2020-02/49472746908_f328ab9c0a_k.png?itok=aVfj8dS7" alt="In the foreground an activist stands in a DIY checkpoint barrier. Others hold banners in Belgian, protesting arms sales to Saudi Arabia" title="Activists set up a weapons checkpoint at the port of Antwerp. Photo: Vredesactie" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption">Activists set up a weapons checkpoint at the port of Antwerp. Photo: Vredesactie</div> <time > 03 Feb 2020</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Activist in Belgium have successfully stopped a Saudi ship transporting weapons from the US, Canada and Europe from docking in the port of Antwerp.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en" xml:lang="en">Now also confirmed by the Bahri website. The Yanbu is not coming to the port of Antwerp. Protest works!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NoWeaponsBeyondThisPoint?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NoWeaponsBeyondThisPoint</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StopArmingSaudi?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StopArmingSaudi</a> <a href="https://t.co/tL6bUS2y6o">pic.twitter.com/tL6bUS2y6o</a></p> <p>— Vredesactie vzw (@Vredesactie) <a href="https://twitter.com/Vredesactie/status/1223990348520796161?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 2, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>On Saturday 1st February, as the Saudi arms ship the "Bahri Yanbu" approached the port, fifty citizen weapons inspectors set up a checkpoint and stopped trucks to inspect them for weapons. Trucks that confirmed they were not carrying weapons were given the label: “arms-free truck” and were allowed to enter.  The ship is known to transport military equipment to Saudi Arabia for use in the war in Yemen. As well as Antwerp, <a href="https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2020/01/saudi-arabian-arms-ship-bahri-yanbu-faces-growing-opposition-in-european-ports/">the Bahri Yanbu is expected to visit the ports</a> of Bremerhaven, Germany; Tilbury Docks, UK; Cherbourg, France; and Genoa, Italy.</p> <p><a href="https://www.tvoost.be/nieuws/saoedisch-wapenschip-wijzigt-koers-onder-druk-van-vlaamse-en-federale-overheid-92494">Dutch media sources confirmed that the Bahri Yanbu wouldn't be docking in Antwerp</a>, and that the Dutch authorities had threatened to remove items of cargo from the ship, and had even threatened the "monster fines" and even jail sentences if the ship entered the port. The spokesperson from the company also confirmed that the cargo on the ship was destined for the Saudi military.</p> <p>Around fifty citizen weapons inspectors controlled trucks driving into the port of Antwerp to check them for weapons. In 2018 and 2019, more than 50 tonnes of explosives and ammunitions were picked up by Bahri ships with Saudi Arabia as their destination. Protests and legal action were also successful in stopping some shipments from being loaded onto the vessel.</p> <p>“The port of Antwerp is a logistical hub for arms exports to the war in Yemen”, Bram Vranken from the peace organisation Vredesactie says. “War Crime Inspectors are making sure that no weapons will reach the docks today”. Vredesactie is also began legal proceedings alongside other organisations CNAPD, Ligue des Droits Humains and Amnesty International against the Belgian government, demanding a six month moratorium to arms shipments to Saudi Arabia. The Belgian courts rejected the demand. In 2019 several export licenses were already canceled by the Belgian Conseil d’Etat as the Walloon government hadn’t taken into account the violations of international humanitarian law when granting its licenses. The organisations are now trying to end all arms exports to Saudi Arabia.</p> <p>“International and Belgian arms export rules are very clear. Weapons should not be exported if there is a risk that these will used in human rights violations. If our governments are not willing to stop the export of weapons to Saudi Arabia, we have no other choice than do it ourselves.”, Vranken states.</p> <p>More than 100,000 people have lost their lives in the war in Yemen, now in its fifth year. Famine caused by the Saudi naval blockade endangers the lives of more than 17 million people. The UN calls it the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. According to the United Nations all actors involved in the war have committed grave violations against international law in Yemen.</p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/465" hreflang="en">Front Page</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programme/war-profiteers" hreflang="en">War Profiteers</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/166" hreflang="en">Belgium</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/121" hreflang="en">Saudi Arabia</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/149" hreflang="en">Yemen</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42019&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="kGFEES9t-A735wvfZ2cdZe0P7gNzI3o7fb9l5ArBKOA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Mon, 03 Feb 2020 09:52:14 +0000 Andrew 42019 at https://www.wri-irg.org London: Arms trade dinner met with protests https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/london-arms-trade-dinner-met-protests <div data-history-node-id="42011" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2020-01/caat_ads.jpg?itok=xPPNm1cL 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2020-01/caat_ads.jpg?itok=iRE3yhvq 1x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2020-01/caat_ads.jpg?itok=iRE3yhvq" alt="Three security guards stand at the door of a hotel. In the foreground is some fake security tape reading &quot;Arms trade at work, this is not ok&quot;" title="Photo: Campaign Against Arms Trade/Twitter" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption">Photo: Campaign Against Arms Trade/Twitter</div> <time > 27 Jan 2020</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Activists in London -including WRI affiliates Campaign Against Arms Trade and Peace Pledge Union - have taken direct action to protest and disrupt a major networking and social event held by the UK’s Aerospace, Defence, Security, and Space Trade Association (ADS). Hundreds of people attended the black tie reception and dinner, where attendees pay from £2,200 for a table of ten, which was held at the Grosvenor House luxury hotel and was <a href="https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/politicians-cosy-profiteers-yemen-destruction-arms-dealer-dinner">described by CAAT as a</a> “carnival of violence”.</p> <p>Some companies chose to sponsor the event, with BAE Systems paying £15,000 to be “the Emotive Sponsor”, which <a href="https://twitter.com/CAATuk/status/1220066498506633216">bought the company</a> ““an exclusive opportunity for a sponsor to present an emotive or altruistic aspect of their business to attendees.” As well as representatives from the arms industry, the event also regularly hosts senior politicians.</p> <p>Before the event the British broadcaster Clare Balding <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/jan/18/clare-balding-pulls-out-arms-trade-dinner">pulled out of speaking at the event</a>. Balding has previously fronted an emergency appeal for victims of the war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen. British companies have fuelled the war in Yemen; since 2015 British companies have sold <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-saudi-arabia-arms-sales-yemen-war-weapons-treaty-oxfam-a9258166.html">£6.4bn worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia</a>, including parts for fighter jets and Paveway IV bombs.</p> <p>Outside the ADS dinner, protesters chanted “arms dealers feast while Yemenis starve”, with arms dealers having to walk a “gauntlet” <a href="https://twitter.com/SamWalton/status/1220054232629481472">in order to enter the event</a>. Others took direct action, using superglue to stick themselves together, while covered with a banner that read “Stop Arming Saudi”. Others spilt red paint across the road.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr" lang="en" xml:lang="en">Protesters also round back entrance of <a href="https://twitter.com/Grosvenor_House?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Grosvenor_House</a>.<br /> Looks like a load of red paint got accidentally spilt as some arms dealers arrived for their beano! 😵<a href="https://twitter.com/CAATuk?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CAATuk</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/StopTheArmsFair?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@StopTheArmsFair</a> <a href="https://t.co/tS6a4DBE1B">pic.twitter.com/tS6a4DBE1B</a></p> <p>— Block the Factory (@blockthefactory) <a href="https://twitter.com/blockthefactory/status/1220077033780391938?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 22, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>  </p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/wri-affiliate" hreflang="en">WRI affiliate</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programme/war-profiteers" hreflang="en">War Profiteers</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/465" hreflang="en">Front Page</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/92" hreflang="en">United Kingdom</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/63" hreflang="en">arms trade</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Companies</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/282" hreflang="en">BAE Systems</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/47" hreflang="en">Raytheon</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42011&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="kQ1lUiyBzc04gEuPzxLt0iAPy-QhezhctU7hvldPi7U"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Mon, 27 Jan 2020 10:25:59 +0000 Andrew 42011 at https://www.wri-irg.org Turkey: activists take action against arms shipment as military operation begins https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2019/turkey-activists-take-action-against-arms-shipment-military-operation-begins <div data-history-node-id="41835" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2019-10/bristol_action.jpg?itok=ZfQMCCV3 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2019-10/bristol_action.jpg?itok=xwe0ytMx 1x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2019-10/bristol_action.jpg?itok=xwe0ytMx" alt="A photo taken at dawn. In the foreground a number of people are lying on the road attached together with metal tubes. In the distance are a number of vehicles on the road." title="Activists in Bristol block an arms factory." typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption">Activists in Bristol block an arms factory.</div> <time > 11 Oct 2019</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>As Turkey begins its military attack on Kurdish regions in northern Syria, leaving <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-50011468">dozens killed and tens of thousands fleeing their homes</a>, activists are taking action against arms shipments to the Turkish military, and some states are responding by suspending arms shipments.</p> <p>In Bristol, UK, four activists used lock-on tubes <a href="https://thebristolcable.org/2019/10/activists-block-filton-arms-companies-to-protest-turkeys-invasion-of-syria/">to blockade a site operated by arms companies</a> BAE Systems, MBDA and Airbus. The group blocked the entrance for four hours. BAE Systems have a £100 million deal with the Turkish Air Force to develop a new fighter jet, and the UK has exported over a billion pounds of arms to Turkey since 2014. WRI affiliate Campaign Against Arms Trade called for an immediate arms embargo - the British government announced a suspension of new arms export licenses to Turkey, but will continue delivering orders that have already received a license.</p> <p>Two states - Finland and Norway - have announced suspensions of arms sales to Turkey. The Finnish government has announced they will block all new arms export licenses to Turkey while the conflict continues - this will impact all future arms exports licenses, and WRI affiliate Sadankomitea (Committee of 100) are part of a call for the government's action to be extended to include the cancellation of all existing arms exports to Turkey.</p> <p><div class="embed-media embed-media--rich-twitter"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr" xml:lang="en" xml:lang="en">Together with <a href="https://twitter.com/Rauhanliitto?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Rauhanliitto</a> we are also calling for the cancellation of existing arms export permits to Turkey. <a href="https://t.co/N3Ti75T580">https://t.co/N3Ti75T580</a></p>— Sadankomitea (@Sadankomitea) <a href="https://twitter.com/Sadankomitea/status/1182289184540758017?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 10, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div></p> <p>Norway took similar action, announcing an immediate suspension of arms sales - though the act was described as "largely symbolic", with relatively small exports of <a href="https://www.regjeringen.no/contentassets/5b32b17e6b194492bd434ee3bbbce01c/en-gb/pdfs/stm201720180019000engpdfs.pdf">around 24m Norwegian Korne </a>(£2 million, €2.4m, $2.6) worth of arms sales in 2017.</p> <p>A similar symbolic decision was taken by the government of Flanders, the Dutch speaking region of the Belgium.</p> <p>The vast majority of Dutch MPs backed sanctions against Turkey, including withdrawing military cooperation and a halt on arms deliveries to Turkey.</p> <p>In Germany, the Aktion Aufschrei campaign called on the German government to stop all arms exports to Turkey, and to cancel existing arms export licenses: <a href="https://www.aufschrei-waffenhandel.de/presse-video-audio/presseerklaerungen/11102019-aktion-aufschrei-sofortiges-ruestungsexportverbot-gegen-tuerkei/">https://www.aufschrei-waffenhandel.de/presse-video-audio/presseerklaeru…</a> The German government announced they would not allow any more weapons to be exported that could be used in the conflict.</p> <p>France also suspended all arms shipments to Turkey, and called on the European Union to consider an arms embargo against Turkey. The EU shipped $50m of arms to Turkey in 2018, mainly from Italy, Spain, UK and Germany.</p> <p><strong>Do you know of other action against arms shipments to Turkey? Let us know! Email <a href="mailto:info@wri-irg.org">info@wri-irg.org</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Updated 14/10/19 to include news of Germany and France.</strong></p> <p><strong>Updated 17/10/19 to add information about the UK.</strong></p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programme/war-profiteers" hreflang="en">War Profiteers</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programmes/turkey-stop-cycle-violence" hreflang="en">Turkey: Stop the cycle of violence</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/256" hreflang="en">Turkey</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/266" hreflang="en">Norway</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/155" hreflang="en">Finland</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/92" hreflang="en">United Kingdom</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/158" hreflang="en">Syria</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/192" hreflang="en">Netherlands</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/166" hreflang="en">Belgium</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=41835&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="8XSHB4vkhF1HLIb5l4tvtdRpmRHzfx7DR5rE84heQVg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Fri, 11 Oct 2019 11:11:53 +0000 Andrew 41835 at https://www.wri-irg.org DSEI arms fair targeted repeatedly by protests https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2019/dsei-arms-fair-targeted-repeatedly-protests <div data-history-node-id="41797" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2019-09/dsei_cropped.png?itok=r5PQxumz 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/png"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2019-09/dsei_cropped.png?itok=hJxb2Kfo 1x" type="image/png"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2019-09/dsei_cropped.png?itok=hJxb2Kfo" alt="A tank entering the DSEI arms fair, covered in marketing slogans. In front stand a crowd holding banners" title="Photo: Stop the Arms Fair" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption">Photo: Stop the Arms Fair</div> <time > 16 Sep 2019</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Activists in London spent the first week of September repeatedly obstructing and delaying the set up of the DSEI arms fair, one of the world’s largest exhibitions for the arms industry. Thousands of activists – including groups from Europe – took part in a week of action, and over a hundred were arrested. WRI affiliates Campaign Against Arms Trade, Trident Ploughshares, Peace Pledge Union, Agir Pour la Paix and Vredesactie took part.</p> <p>The week was organised by Stop the Arms Fair, a coalition of different groups and organisations, and each day focused on a different theme, including Stop Arming Israel (Monday), No Faith in War (Tuesday), and an academic conference held outside the gates. The fair was criticised directly by the mayor of London, Sadiq Kahn, who said the event should “get out of London.”</p> <p><div class="embed-media embed-media--video-youtube"><iframe width="200" height="113" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/76qs9SrMr04?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" title="Stop DSEI 2019: No Faith in War"></iframe></div></p> <p>DSEI is held biennially at the ExCeL Centre in the docklands area of East London. Over 1600 companies exhibit to 35,000 attendees, with keynote speeches given by members of the government. The British Defence Secretary – Ben Wallace MP – opened his speech by noting it is for “the kit, not the speeches” that people attend DSEI, before evoking the 9/11 attacks in the USA and highlighting the British governments “key procurement decisions” in aiding its ability to “fight alongside our allies”.</p> <p>The fair included a number of day long conferences focusing on specific aspects of the armed forces, including the “Aerospace Capability Conference”, “Land Capability Conference” the “Maritime Capability Conference”, and the “Future of Military Rotorcraft”. 67 countries (plus NATO) were invited to take part, including a number of countries at war, or on the UK home offices own list of countries with concerning human rights records. On the last day of the event it was announced that the Brazilian company Condor was ejected from the event, after it emerged their marketing material included electro-shock devices illegal in the UK.</p> <p><div class="embed-media embed-media--rich-twitter"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr" xml:lang="en" xml:lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Brazil?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Brazil</a> company Condor ejected from <a href="https://twitter.com/DSEI_event?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DSEI_event</a> for advertising prohibited electric shock weapon. Should not have taken 4 days for it to be discovered and action taken <a href="https://twitter.com/HMRCgovuk?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HMRCgovuk</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/NewsFromAmnesty?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NewsFromAmnesty</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CAATuk?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CAATuk</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/justicaglobal?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@justicaglobal</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/conectas?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@conectas</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/jnascim?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jnascim</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DSEI2019?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DSEI2019</a> <a href="https://t.co/NRAN2MciMt">pic.twitter.com/NRAN2MciMt</a></p>— Omega Research Foundation (@Omega_RF) <a href="https://twitter.com/Omega_RF/status/1173538267234557952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div></p> <p>Activists responded with a diverse and creative range of protests, often facing significant hostility from the police, who dragged protesters from the road and threatened to arrest with spurious charges. On the Tuesday – No Faith in War – hundreds of people participated in a Quaker meeting for worship before being interrupted by police officers, who arrested everyone remaining in the road. The Wednesday focused on the arms companies profiting from nuclear weapons, and activists from Trident Ploughshares were joined by Agir Pour la Paix and Vredesactie in using a number of vehicles and “lock on” devices to blockade all of the entrances.</p> <p><oembed><a href="https://www.facebook.com/YorkshireCND/videos/2478590155534353/">https://www.facebook.com/YorkshireCND/videos/2478590155534353/</a></oembed></p> <p>During the fair, activists used boats and flares to <a href="https://www.thecanary.co/exclusive/2019/09/11/security-breached-at-the-worlds-biggest-arms-fair-as-one-kayak-takes-on-the-war-ships/">disrupt the BAE Systems</a> boat display, and huge banners were hung down the side of buildings overlooking the ExCeL Centre.</p> <p><div class="embed-media embed-media--rich-twitter"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr" xml:lang="en" xml:lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StopDSEI?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StopDSEI</a> Banner drop this morning! There's a lot of love for the banner! "this is a phenomenal banner lads"; "blimey that is GOOD"; "WOW! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DSEI?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DSEI</a> is ‘state sponsored terrorism’ mega-banner! Great Work!" "Bravo" "Brilliant" <a href="https://t.co/phRI3vUsrK">pic.twitter.com/phRI3vUsrK</a></p>— Stop The Arms Fair! (@StopTheArmsFair) <a href="https://twitter.com/StopTheArmsFair/status/1171030872470052864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 9, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div></p> <p><span style="opacity: 0; position: absolute; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="https://twitter.com/StopTheArmsFair/status/1171030872470052864?s=20https://twitter.com/StopTheArmsFair/status/1171030872470052864?s=20">https://twitter.com/StopTheArmsFair/status/1171030872470052864?s=20http…</a></span></p> <h1>Art the Arms Fair</h1> <p>As well as the protests directed at the event itself, an arts collective called Art the Arms Fair hosted an art exhibition featuring antimilitarist art work from around the world. The exhibition was held in Peckham across three different venues and featured art work from dozens of artists.</p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programme/war-profiteers" hreflang="en">War Profiteers</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/92" hreflang="en">United Kingdom</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Police militarisation theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/pm-themes/equipment-training-and-tactics" hreflang="en">Equipment, training and tactics</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=41797&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="UHVhIrt-PWi52M9Vu7IqjdlJgNN6lUjs-bGUZVbApWk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:47:04 +0000 Andrew 41797 at https://www.wri-irg.org UN experts identify British weapon components in Yemen https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2019/un-experts-identify-british-weapon-components-yemen <div data-history-node-id="41785" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2019-08/edo_mbm_fragment.png?itok=lhE6O3L- 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/png"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2019-08/edo_mbm_fragment.png?itok=GWAgc4rK 1x" type="image/png"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2019-08/edo_mbm_fragment.png?itok=GWAgc4rK" alt="The image shows details from the bomb fragment found in Yemen. The name &quot;EDO MBM&quot; is clearly visible" title="One of the bomb fragments found by the UN. The name &quot;EDO MBM Technologies LTD&quot; is clearly visible. Source: UN" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption">One of the bomb fragments found by the UN. The name &quot;EDO MBM Technologies LTD&quot; is clearly visible. Source: UN</div> <time > 20 Aug 2019</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Experts from the United Nations has identified fragments of laser-guided missile systems used by the Saudi military in Yemen that they concluded <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/18/un-experts-discover-british-made-bomb-parts-in-yemen">could break international law</a>. The fragments were from a guidance unit stamped with the name "EDO MBM Technology ltd", a company based in Brighton and the focus of significant protest. The guidance system was used on a Paveway IV laser guided bomb, a guided version of the MK82, and is constructed by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. The report makes it clear that the only "party to the conflict with the known capability to deliver the Mark 82 HE aircraft bomb with the Paveway IV GPS/INS is the Saudi Arabia led coalition."</p> <p>EDO MBM is ultimately owned by the US company L3 Harris, a company formed out of the recent merger of <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/story/2018/war-profiteer-month-l3-technologies">L3 Technologies</a> and the Harris Corporation to become the US' <a href="https://www.harris.com/content/harris-corporation-and-l3-technologies-to-combine-in-merger-of-equals-to-create-a-global">sixth biggest arms company</a>.</p> <p>The attacks where the bomb fragments were found took place on 13th September 2016, when the Saudi military bombed a water pump factory, a brick factory and a tube factory. The Saudi military said that they believed that the complex was being used to construct parts for missiles, but the UN report concluded that “there is insufficient evidence to demonstrate that the factory complex had become a legitimate military objective”.</p> <p>The full report can be found on the UN website here: <a href="https://www.undocs.org/en/S/2018/594">https://www.undocs.org/en/S/2018/594</a></p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/465" hreflang="en">Front Page</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programme/war-profiteers" hreflang="en">War Profiteers</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/121" hreflang="en">Saudi Arabia</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/92" hreflang="en">United Kingdom</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/149" hreflang="en">Yemen</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Companies</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/291" hreflang="en">EDO Corporation</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=41785&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="evL_Y_xPvuq0tvpn72TYMfBUxf0uBuBmRnKnsFyjWnM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 20 Aug 2019 09:09:59 +0000 Andrew 41785 at https://www.wri-irg.org