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Suit Aims to Block British Parts for US Drones

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Reprieve Files for Judicial Review Over Export of British Drone Parts to US

(Source: The Guardian; published August 14, 2013)


The export of British-manufactured parts for American drones used in clandestine CIA strikes in Pakistan is facing a legal challenge from the campaign group Reprieve. The London-based human rights organisation is to apply for a judicial review of the way in which the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) operates government export controls.

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In the letter, Reprieve details the technical assistance UK companies are providing for the CIA's programme, which uses UAVs such as General Atomics' MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper.

It alleges that the sale of antennas and other key electronic parts to the US programme should be prohibited under the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, which require that the equipment should not be used for acts that contravene the law of armed conflict.

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A Department for Business spokesperson said: "The government takes its arms export responsibilities very seriously, and operates one of the most rigorous arms export control regimes in the world.”


Click here for the full story, on The Guardian website.

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