In October 2019, Turkish forces invaded Northern Syria. This followed the decision of the US Government to remove its presence from the area. There were reports of civilians being killed right from the start of operations. The US had been allied with Kurdish forces, who led the campaign against ISIL in the region,
UK curb on arms sales to Turkey must be thorough and also affect existing licences
Government has shown it cannot be trusted to uphold Court ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia - there must be an arms embargo
UK Government issues apology after failing to comply with Court ruling on arms sales to Saudi for use in Yemen
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 DSEI arms fair opens at the Excel Centre in East London tomorrow
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.
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.