Today marks the one year anniversary since we won a landmark victory at the Court of Appeal, challenging the UK’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia. As a result of that ruling, we have stopped the export of new weapons for use in the war in Yemen. A multi-billion pound deal to sell more fighter jets
Photo from Flickr. In this guest post, David Bloomfield and Claire Dobson from the Glasgow University Arms Divestment Coalition (GUADC) examine the links between Glasgow University and the arms trade. Unfortunately this is happening in universities across the UK. As Black Lives Matter protests all over the world draw attention
We’ve had questions from folks about how to engage with the issues of police violence and systemic racism raised by the Black Lives Matter movement in their CAAT meetings. This post is written for the white folks in our network, especially white group coordinators, with some reflection questions to ask yourselves when tabling this at
The violent crackdown and use of rubber bullets and CS gas on peaceful protesters in the United States has shone a light on the increased militarisation of the police which is happening around the world. As we demand an end to the export of arms of the type used to shut down Black Lives Matter protests,
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
https://www.flickr.com/photos/shefftim/49708936778/ Photo by Tim Dennell, Flickr In February the Government announced that it was undertaking an Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review. Responding, the Commons' Defence Select Committee invited three military academic experts to give evidence on 10 March. It was business as usual, with no mention of coronavirus or pandemics. What
https://www.flickr.com/photos/campaignagainstarmstrade/48705680001/ As the UK adjusts to life under lockdown and social distancing measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, local groups and campaigners are taking their work online. Things are difficult right now, but alongside the anxiety and fear there are local and national networks of people connecting, supporting and caring for each other. Meaningful
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into sharp focus the urgent need for governments to redefine what it means by ‘security’ and to reflect the real threats to human security including global pandemics and climate change.