Britain’s High Court ruled on Monday that UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia are “lawful”, after campaigners argued the weapons were used to violate international humanitarian law in bombing Yemen.
“We have concluded that the material decisions of the secretary of state were lawful. We therefore dismiss the claim,” Lord Justice Burnett said at the court in London.
He added it was not established that there was “a clear risk that the items might be used in the commission of a serious violation of international humanitarian law”.
Half the evidence presented in the case was heard in secret after the government argued it could not be heard in public for national security reasons.
Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), the non-profit organisation behind the legal challenge, said they are pursuing an appeal.
Amnesty International described the ruling as a “deadly blow for Yemenis,” while Save the Children said the evidence showing the Saudi-led coalition had repeatedly …
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