BBC investigation highlights BAE’s deadly deals and UK’s role in arming repression

15 June 2017 - 3:15pm
Press release

A BBC investigation has found that UK arms company BAE sells cyber-surveillance tools to repressive regimes including Saudi Arabia and Morocco that use them for internal repression.

This violates the UK government's own criteria for export licences.

In response, War on Want's senior militarism and security campaigner, Ryvka Barnard, said:

“This is the latest chapter in the long and violent history of British imperialism in the Persian Gulf and beyond.

“The BBC report simply underscores the central role that the UK government plays in arming repression around the world. It makes a mockery of any commitment to democracy and human rights.

“As War on Want’s Arming Repression report details, whether it’s the training of sniper units, the sale of tear gas, the provision of public order training or the delivery of covert surveillance technologies, British officials and corporations, working closely together, are complicit in state violence in the Gulf.

“The UK government has a serious case to answer in allowing these deadly deals to be done.”


Notes to editors

For more information and interviews contact Ross Hemingway, Senior Media and Communications Officer, on +44 (0) 7983 550 728

BBC: How BAE sold cyber-surveillance tools to Arab states

War on Want report: Arming Repression: UK military and economic strategy in the Persian Gulf, is written by Dr Sam Raphael and Jac St John


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