2020 has been a year of change for all of us. Siana Bangura discusses the results of the discussions we hosted with activists and supporters in the Autumn regarding the resistance to the DSEI arms fair, and the move to a capacity building strategy
UK forces have provided extensive training for Nigerian police and armed forces, including SARS Nigerian police and military have been linked to violence against protesters UK has licensed £43 million worth of arms to Nigeria since 2015 Campaign Against Arms Trade has called for a review of all UK training that has been provided for the Nigerian police and
Activists challenging the Three Counties Defence & Security Expo (3CDSE), scheduled for July 2020, used local media to raise their objections to the fair. They successfully captured the front page of several local papers protesting the plans for the fair to go ahead, and organisers were soon after forced to announce plans to
Security and Policing is an annual event organised by the UK government’s Home Office and the arms industry trade body, ADS. But it is clear that there is no consideration for the security of people, rather this event is a clear example of promoting ‘security’ for government and state officials, and the corporations they work
At the arms fair, arms companies don't just promote weapons of war that fuel conflict and oppression, they also show off the latest in technology that governments can use to toughen up their borders when people are forced to flee - warships to patrol the seas, surveillance equipment and security fencing.
The Festival of Resistance brought local and global activists together to #StopDSEI. We were honoured to hear from activists from all over the world, including Brazil, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Sudan, on the importance of international solidarity.
An academic conference with a difference! Students, academics & community organisers are (un)/learning from each other, whilst protesting at the gates of an arms fair. "We want the arms trade to be exposed for what it is – a system that upholds racist, colonial, patriarchal, oppressive systems"
The struggle for climate justice and the struggle to end the arms trade are closely intertwined. When fossil fuel resources are extracted, land captured, and communities displaced by governments and fossil fuel companies, it is arms that make it possible.