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French NGOs Call for Parliament Control over Arms Sales and Exports

Humanitarian and human rights non-governmental organizations, call for transparency and parliament control over French arms sales, on Monday.

Humanitarian and human rights non-governmental organizations, including the Human Rights Watch France and Amnesty International France, call for transparency and parliament control over French arms sales, on Monday. 

The fourteen signatory NGOs said that parliament’s “control is all the more essential since French arms sales have been shown to be responsible for certain serious violations of humanitarian law, particularly in Yemen, where those violations have dramatic consequences for the civilian population.”

They presented this demand two days before the publication of the Parliament’s fact-finding mission report on arms export control.  

They reasoned that in 2019, “Saudi Arabia was among the top three countries that imported the most French arms, while the United Arab Emirates ordered a record number of French arms.” The group also said that the continued supply of arms to said countries may further increase the risks of harm to civilians and violate international humanitarian laws, especially in Yemen.

Moreover, they reported that 72% of French citizens want greater parliamentary control over its arms sales. 

“At last, France must be accountable for its arms exports,” the group said. 

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