War Starts Here. This is where we stop it. One of the world’s largest arms fairs, DSEI, takes place on our doorstep at the ExCel Centre in Newham, East London. The Festival of Resistance brought local and global activists together to #StopDSEI.Continue reading “Stop the Arms Fair Week of Action Day 6: Festival of Resistance”
It’s an academic conference with a difference!Continue reading “Stop the Arms Fair Week of Action Day 4: Conference at the Gates”
Day two of the #StopDSEI week of action and the roads to the arms fair were blocked for hours at a time.
Today Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Quaker, Sikh, yogis, people of all faiths and none gathered to call for an end to the DSEI arms fair and all profiting from war.Continue reading “Stop the arms fair week of action Day 2: No Faith in War”
Solidarity with Hong Kong protesters standing up against repressive laws. UK-made tear gas is still being used against protesters.Continue reading “Solidarity with Hong Kong”
Today CAAT was at the Court of Appeal, challenging the Government’s decision to continue allowing arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.Continue reading “In the Court of Appeal: Stop Arming Saudi”
Fantastic news just in: campaigners have chased an arms fair out of their city – again!
The DPRTE arms fair was moved to Birmingham after energetic protest and objections from locals drove it out of Cardiff …
… Now the threat of protest in Birmingham has forced the event to move before it even opens!Continue reading “Success! Arms fair chased out of Birmingham!”
Andrea Needham writes: On 29 January 1996, I was one of a group of women who disarmed a Hawk warplane at BAE’s Warton factory in Lancashire. The plane was destined for Indonesia, where it would be used in the ongoing occupation and genocide in East Timor.
Exactly 21 years later, and now in the era of social media, I was idly perusing Facebook on a Sunday morning when I saw that two men had broken into the very same factory, with the intention of disarming warplanes being sold by BAE to Saudi Arabia, for use in their crimes against humanity in Yemen.
This Thursday Campaign Against Arms Trade will be in the High Court challenging the Government’s decision to keep arming Saudi Arabia.
The hearing will determine if a judicial review will be granted to consider whether UK arms sales to Saudi are in violation of domestic and European arms export law.
The official justification for the Government’s unquestioning support for the arms trade is that it is vital to safeguard “national security”. CAAT’s Arms to Renewables campaign argues that we must shift priorities to tackle the root causes of insecurity.
What is security?
For individuals in the UK and all over the world, security means having basic needs met and feeling safe in our homes and communities.
In contrast, the Government views security almost exclusively through a military lens. Its National Security Strategy is based on military force and the projection of power. Continue reading “A New Vision of Security”
From Israel to Hong Kong, the arms export controls system is broken.
The UK’s arms export policy rarely comes under as much scrutiny as it did this summer. As Israel launched its devastating attacks on Gaza which were to leave more than 2,000 dead, over 500 of them children, the UK’s arms sales and military collaboration with Israel were challenged from all sides.