Friday, 11 November 2011

Fwd: [CAAT] Arms Sales or Human Rights?

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From: Anne-Marie O'Reilly - Campaign Against Arms Trade <annemarie@caat.org.uk>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2011 14:15:19 +0000
Subject: [CAAT] Arms Sales or Human Rights?
To: dafthermit@gmail.com

**Don't let the government brush arms sales to repressive regimes
under the carpet!**

When we helped expose the UK's arms sales to Libya, Bahrain and other
repressive regimes earlier this year, the government was forced to
revoke more than 150 export licences. Now that the uprisings in the
Middle East and North Africa no longer dominate the media headlines,
the UK government hopes its role in arming the region's repressive
regimes will be forgotten. But it is still arming dictators and human
rights abusers today.

Early Day Motion 2166 <http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/2166>
is a parliamentary petition calling for an end to arms sales to
repressive regimes. Please help us raise the profile of this issue in
Parliament by asking your MP
<http://www.caat.org.uk/campaigns/this-is-not-ok/take-action-dsei.php#EDM>
to sign.

**Our action is as important as ever**

Torture and other human rights abuse continue under Egypt's military
rulers
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/28/egypt-anger-grows-death-torture>
. Last month, one prisoner was tortured to death and 27 people were
killed when protesters were mown down by armoured vehicles. The UK
government continues to issue licences for arms exports
<http://www.caat.org.uk/press/archive.php?url=20111013prs>
to Egypt, as well as to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and other authoritarian
states.
Within days of Gaddafi's death the UK announced its plans for an arms
sales trip to Libya
<http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/british-delegation-will-visit-libya-in-effort-to-kickstart-arms-deals-6257561.html>
. Even before the dust has settled on the conflict, and while huge
stocks of weapons already in the country remain unsecured, the UK's
priority seems to be considering how to sell more. As arms sales
Minister Gerald Howarth has said: "Frankly I want to see the UK
business benefit from the liberation we've given to their people."

**Help us keep the pressure up**

Together we've contacted 150 MPs already and 45 have signed so far.
Please contact your MP today
<http://www.caat.org.uk/campaigns/this-is-not-ok/take-action-dsei.php#EDM>
and help us reach 100 signatories this month.

**A fantastic gathering**

Thanks to everyone who came to CAAT's comedy gig and gathering to
share inspiration, skills and laughter, and to shape plans for another
year of action against the arms trade. If you couldn't make it on the
day you can still:

Listen to Will Self's Point of View
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01694p0>
on the arms trade, recorded for the BBC last week, and
Watch our video <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfnjyPALpQU>
to hear why Josie Long, Robin Ince, Kevin Eldon and Will Self support
our work.

Anne-Marie O'Reilly

Outreach Co-ordinator

Campaign Against Arms Trade <http://www.caat.org.uk/>

P.S. Don't forget to email your MP today
<http://www.caat.org.uk/campaigns/this-is-not-ok/take-action-dsei.php#EDM>
to help end arms sales to repressive regimes.

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