Electronic Surveillance: United Arab Emirates

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 14th July 2017.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Co-Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if his Department will revoke export licenses for internet and telecommunications surveillance equipment to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) under Criterion 2 on grounds of recent evidence that human rights defenders have been targeted by electronic surveillance and UAE security forces have used torture in secret detention facilities in that country.

Photo of Mark Garnier Mark Garnier Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

The Government assesses all export licence applications to the UAE on a case-by-case basis against strict criteria (the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria), taking account of all relevant factors at the time of the application, including human rights considerations under Criterion 2.

The Government will not, for example, grant a licence if there is a clear risk that the items might be used for internal repression.

The Government is able to respond quickly and suspend or revoke licences if necessary by taking into account whether prevailing circumstances have changed or new information indicates an export would no longer comply with the criteria.

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