Bahraini interference shaping American interests: financial and political gain over human rights

It is true that the Kingdom of Bahrain has a long-standing relationship with the United States —one that is fundamentally based on arms sales, military partnerships and geopolitical strategy. This alliance however, does not excuse the United States’ noted silence in the wake of the conspicuous and ongoing human rights violations being committed by Bahrain.[…]

Dispatch on German Arm Sales to the Gulf Region

Official databases show that Germany is one of the largest arms exporters in the world. The arms export industry is a major economic driver of the German economy, peaking in 2015 amounting to just under €8 billion a year turnover. On the surface, Germany’s rhetoric appears to try and avoid its arms exports being used[…]

The Gap Between Rhetoric and Reality: What Canada’s Arms Export to Saudi Arabia Means For Its Commitment to Human Rights

Canada is regarded on the international stage as a beacon for human rights, liberty and the rule of law. It holds a rigorous stance towards exporting weapons and arms: that there shall be no trade with a country where there is evidence that these arms are used against a civilian population. However, a recent decision[…]

Dispatch: The Dutch arm exports to human rights violators

The Netherlands entered the top-10 of global arms export in the 2013-2017 period according to the Trends in international arms transfers by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). SIPRI uses a Trend Indicator Value (TIV) that attributes to surplus weapons a 40% value of their original cost and small arms and ammunition are not[…]

Yemen’s Deteriorating Medical Infrastructure and the Cholera Outbreak

On 27 March 2019, an attack took place near the entrance of Kitaf rural hospital in Yemen, killing seven people, four of whom were children. This most recent air raid has drawn significant international attention as the United Nations (UN) human rights staff in Yemen have begun an investigation into the attack. Calls for an[…]