Sri Lanka: Arms Trade

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 29th January 2018.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Conservative, Welwyn Hatfield

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that arms sold to the Government of Sri Lanka are not used to violate the human rights of the Sri Lankan people.

Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

All export licence applications are considered on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, known as the Consolidated Criteria, based on the most up-to-date information and analysis available, including reports from NGOs and our overseas network.

The Consolidated Criteria provide a thorough risk assessment framework and require us to assess the impact of providing equipment and its capabilities.

Licensing decisions for Sri Lanka take into account international humanitarian and human rights law as well as the type of goods. We do not issue any export licences where we assess there is a clear risk that the goods may be used for internal repression or external aggression.

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