U.K. exports arms to rights violators

AFP-JIJI

Britain has issued export licenses worth £12 billion ($18 billion) for the sale of military equipment to states deemed potential rights violators, including Syria, Iran and China, lawmakers said Wednesday.

A report by a group of parliamentary committees said that 3,000 licences for arms and other equipment had been issued to nations on the Foreign Office’s list of 27 countries linked to human rights concerns.

The countries for which licenses have been issued include Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Belarus and Zimbabwe, the Committees on Arms Export Controls of parliament’s lower House of Commons said.