10 Nov / 2020
A higher standard for human rights due diligence in arms exports?

The obligations of companies to implement human rights due diligence (HRdd) has reached the political agenda with the announcement of EU Commissioner Reynders to propose a binding EU framework, a range of national initiatives and the negotiation of a UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights. However, such human rights obligations by private actors are a horizontal application of obligations held by states. How are states performing their human rights due diligence and how accountable are they? Arms export licensing was originally driven by strategic concerns, but it is an important area where states have obliged themselves explicitly to conduct human rights due diligence. Common Position 2008/944/CFSP provides the framework in the EU.

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Sticker - Stop Arming Saudi
War in Yemen, Made in Europe: an infographic

On march 25th, the war in Yemen will be raging for five years. Today, we're launching an infographic showing the impact of the European arms trade on that war, and how we can strike back.

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An infographic about the flow of European arms to the war in Yemen
Belgian arms export halved due to court decision.

More than 50% of Belgian arms export has destination Saudi Arabia and is now blocked by the Belgian administrative court.

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Action at the port of Antwerp - banner says stop arming saudi in Dutch