In its “devastating aerial campaign” in Yemen, Saudi Arabia has used bombs and cluster munitions made in the UK, worth £3 billion, over the past two years, The Independent reported.
The Campaign against Arms Trade has challenged the UK government for its complicity in human rights crimes in Yemen. The verdict in the case is pending.
Meanwhile, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she was “confident” the verdict would be in the government’s favor.
Kristine Beckerle, Yemen and Kuwait researcher at Human Rights Watch, called on the UK to stop selling arms to the Saudis.
“It’s not just a question of the right thing to do, it’s also a question of legal liability,” she said.
“Do those conditions make it very, very difficult for civilians to live and get on with their lives? Absolutely. Impossible.”
Adam Coogle, Middle East researcher from Human Rights Watch, told The Independent that the Saudi Kingdom is using a dedicated court and rehabilitation center to quash dissent and punish human rights activists.
During a BBC leaders debate last week, Rudd said selling arms was “good for our industry”.
The home secretary added that Britain had the “toughest form of export licenses in the world,” noting it sold arms in a “robust and correct” way.