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The Government should tighten controls over British arms exports and military transfers to countries where there are large-scale abuses of human rights, according to a new book edited by David Mepham of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and Professor David Held, co-director of the Centre for Global Governance at LSE.

Progressive Foreign Policy: new directions for the UK (Wednesday 22 August, Polity Press) recommends:

  • A 'presumption of denial' for arms exports towards an agreed list of 'countries of concern'.
  • Greater parliamentary oversight of UK arms export policy, including a degree of prior parliamentary scrutiny of arms export licensing decisions to sensitive destinations.
  • Full extra-territorial control over UK arms brokers and traffickers (intermediaries who organise arms transfers to third countries).
  • The introduction of a formal system to monitor the end-use of arms exports, with a focus on countries where the risks of diversion or misuse are greatest.
  • UK support for a stronger EU Code of Conduct on Arms Transfers and an International Arms Trade Treaty.
  • Support for a complete ban on cluster munitions.
  • The granting of export licences to be made conditional on the presentation by exporting companies of a specific no-bribery pledge.

The book contains chapters by Michael Clarke, Royal United Services Institute; Professor Mary Kaldor, LSE; David Mepham, IPPR; Kevin Watkins, Human Development Report Office of the United Nations Development Programme; Nick Mabey, E3G (Third Generation Environmentalism); Professor Andrew Gamble, University of Cambridge and Ian Kearns, IPPR; Charles Grant, the Centre for European Reform; Steve Tsang, St Antony's College, Oxford University; Professor David Held, LSE; Ngaire Woods, University College Oxford; and Leni Wild and Paul Williams, University of Warwick.

Progressive Foreign Policy: new directions for the UK, edited by David Mepham and Professor David Held is published on  Wednesday 22 August by Polity Press.

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Pakistan Times
Britain Calls to Tighten Arms Sales to Rights Abusers (17 Aug)
Britain should curb the export of weaponry to countries where large-scale human rights violations are committed, two prominent think tanks said Thursday. In a new book set to be released next week, the left-of-centre Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and the Centre for Global Governance at the London School of Economics, argue that Britain should adopt a presumption of denial for arms exports to countries where there are human rights concerns. 

Defense News
Britain called on to tighten arms sales to rights abusers
(16 Aug 07)
Britain should curb the export of weaponry to countries where large-scale human rights violations are committed, two prominent thinktanks said. In a new book set to be released next week, the left-of-centre Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and the Centre for Global Governance at the London School of Economics, argue that Britain should adopt a 'presumption of denial' for arms exports to countries where there are human rights concerns.
http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?F=2971463&C=europe| 

Agence France Presse
Les ventes d'armes britanniques menacent les droits de l'Homme (rapport) (16 Aug 07)
Le rapport intégral réalisé par des chercheurs de l'IIPR, un centre de recherche considéré comme proche des travaillistes, et du centre pour la gouvernance mondiale de la London School of Economics (LSE) doit être publié sous forme de livre le 22 août en Grande-Bretagne.
Source: Lexis Nexis News

Zee News, India
UK should tighten arms' sales to rights abusers: Book (16 Aug 07) 

16 August 2007

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