Thursday, May 26, 2016

EU states sell arms to Egypt despite embargo: Amnesty

Almost half of the European Union member states have flouted an EU-wide suspension on arms transfers to Egypt, risking complicity in a wave of unlawful killings, enforced disappearances and torture, according to Amnesty International.

Despite the suspension imposed after more than 600 anti-coup protesters were killed by security forces in Cairo in August 2013, 12 EU members, including Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK remain among Egypt’s main suppliers of arms and policing equipment, the human rights group said in a statement on Wednesday.

In 2014 alone, EU states authorised 290 licences for military equipment to Egypt, totalling more than $6.77bn, the group said. ..

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