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Australia must stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia

Media Release
Peter Whish-Wilson 14 Mar 2019

Australian Greens Defence spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, commented today on the US Senate’s call for an end to US support for the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen.

 

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "The US Senate has taken decisive action in calling for the withdrawal of US support for the Saudi-led coalition by invoking the War Powers Act for the first time in US history.

 

"The world’s worst humanitarian disaster is unfolding in Yemen. This disaster is primarily the result of the military campaign led by Saudi Arabia.

 

"The UN Group of Experts found that the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for the vast majority of human rights violations in Yemen.

 

"The UK House of Lords Select Committee on International Relations recently concluded that British arms sales to Saudi Arabia are ‘highly likely to be the cause of significant civilian casualties in Yemen’ and are probably illegal.

 

"In the last twelve months, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Belgium and Austria have all announced plans to cease arms sales to Saudi Arabia in the wake of the war in Yemen and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

 

"Yet the Morrison Government, with the tacit support of Labor, continues to directly subsidise and promote Australian weapons manufacturers selling to Saudi Arabia and its allies.

 

"Just last month it was revealed that Australian company, Electro Optic Systems, will be selling 500 of its weapons mounting systems to Saudi Arabia.

 

"Australia must stop arming this murderous regime."

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