Human rights body calls on UK to review its arms exports

From 6-24 June 2016, the Committee of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights reviewed Angola, Burkina Faso, France, Honduras, Sweden, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. WILPF submitted shadow reports on France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, focusing on the impact of exports of weapons to Saudi Arabia or its allies on the right to health, education, and adequate housing of people in Yemen. Taking up these reports, the CESCR Committee reminded the UK to conduct thorough risk assessments prior to granting licences for arms exports and to refuse or suspend such licences when there is risk that arms could be used to violate human rights, including economic, social and cultural rights.  

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