UK Has to Stop Selling Arms to Saudi Arabia if 'Cares About Human Rights'

© AFP 2022 / FAYEZ NURELDINE Saudi army artillery fire shells towards Yemen from a post close to the Saudi-Yemeni border, in southwestern Saudi Arabia, on April 13, 2015
Saudi army artillery fire shells towards Yemen from a post close to the Saudi-Yemeni border, in southwestern Saudi Arabia, on April 13, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The UK Government has to stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia to save Yemeni people, the media coordinator at a UK-based pressure group told Sputnik.

MOSCOW (Sputnik), Yulia Shamporova – Last week, a UN report on the use of UK-manufactured arms against Yemeni civilians by Saudi Arabia was submitted to the UN Security Council. On Wednesday, British Prime Minister David Cameron dismissed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's proposal to launch an inquiry into the arms deliveries.

"If the government cares about the human rights of people in Yemen then it must revoke all licenses for arms sales to Saudi Arabia and order a full independent investigation into the abuses that have taken place," Andrew Smith from Campaign Against Arms Trade said.

Firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire at a foodstuff storage facility destroyed by a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Houdieda January 6, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Smith stressed that UK weapons have been central to the destruction of Yemen, adding that arms sales to Saudi Arabia are not only immoral, but might be illegal.

Yemen is engulfed in a military conflict between Houthis, the country’s main opposition faction, and government forces.

In March, a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states began airstrikes against Houthis in Yemen at the request of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

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