UK: Pax Christi UK ‘determined’ to stop arms trade following Campaign Against Arms Trade’s landmark legal challenge


from The Catholic Universe

3/7/19 - An international Catholic peace movement has said it is “determined” to stop the arms trade by building on a landmark legal challenge that resulted in the UK Government halting new arms export licences to Saudi Arabia.

The Government announced that it will temporarily halt the granting of new licences to export arms to Saudi Arabia after the Campaign Against Arms Trade’s (CAAT) victory in its legal challenge against the Government over UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

CAAT, which brought the case against International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, welcomed the Court of Appeal’s verdict that continuing to license military equipment for export to the Gulf state was unlawful.

Welcoming the success of CAAT’s legal challenge, Pax Christi urged the public to build on CAAT’s victory by joining them and many other peace groups in protests calling for an end to the arms trade.

“Pope Francis describes money made from selling arms as ‘drenched in blood’,” Theresa Alessandro, director of Pax Christi, told The Catholic Universe. “He reminds us that ‘it is our duty to confront the problem and stop the arms trade’.

“Pax Christi members believe in nonviolent conflict resolution – which has been shown to be effective around the world. We are delighted by the success of CAAT’s legal challenge. Pax Christi and many other groups are determined to build on CAAT’s success, carrying out our duty to stop the arms trade by protesting against the huge DSEI Arms Fair which is due to set up shop again in September in London. Join us!” Ms Alessandro added...

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