Amnesty & Oxfam report says arms companies may be transferring production overseas to avoid controls at home - weapons reaching human rights abusers

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10 October 2006

Amnesty: Two thirds of Israeli arms – for exports

Author: Ronen Bodoni, ynetnews.com [Israel]

Report issued by [Amnesty International, OXFAM International, and IANSA] focuses on contribution of global arms trade to escalation in worldwide violence...Another example regarding Israel is the selling of the US made Apache [manufactured by Boeing] attack helicopter to Israel...the helicopter includes sub-systems manufactured by companies in Britain, Holland, and Ireland, which under the European Union regulations should not have allowed the direct sales of these arms systems to Israel [which in turn uses these arms in its military actions in the Palestinian territories, resulting in the death and injury of thousands]...Israel...managed to have [4] companies included in the list of the 100 leading arms companies in the world. [These are]: Elbit, RAFAEL, IMI (Israel Military Industries), and IAI (Israel Aircraft Industries)...The report...emphasize[s] that the availability of weapons, due to poor enforcement, is the reason why weapons get to the hands of inappropriate individuals and results in the escalation in violence...

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Author: Armas bajo Control [Oxfam Internacional, Amnistía Internacional, Red Internacional de Acción contra las Armas Ligeras (IANSA)]

Nuevo informe de la campaña Armas bajo Control...titulado Armas sin fronteras...revela la existencia de empresas de EEUU, la Unión Europea (UE) y Canadá entre aquellas que eluden las normativas sobre armas vendiendo piezas y componentes y subcontratando la fabricación de armas en el extranjero. También detalla cómo se están montando armas, incluidos helicópteros de ataque y carros de combate, con piezas y componentes extranjeros, fabricándolas bajo licencia en [varios] países...El informe muestra también cómo estas armas y otras similares han terminado en destinos como Colombia, Sudán y Uzbekistán, donde, hay informes que afirman que han sido utilizadas para matar y desplazar a civiles...El informe expone dos importante lagunas que permiten que las empresas de armamento eludan legalmente las normativas sobre armas, incluidos los embargos. [se refiere a AugustaWestland, Pratt & Whitney [parte de United Technologies], Lord Corporation, Eurocopter, Land Rovers [parte de Ford], Glock]

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2 October 2006

[PDF] Arms Without Borders

Author: Control Arms Coalition [Oxfam, Amnesty International, International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA)]

85 of the world’s top 100 arms companies in 2003 were headquartered in the industrialised world. This paper shows how many of them (including...Pratt and Whitney [part of United Technologies]...Mercedes-Benz [part of DaimlerChrysler] and...BAE Systems) have been involved in exports of weapon systems from China, Egypt, India and South Africa to sensitive destinations including Indonesia, Sudan and Uganda. In all those destinations...weapons...have been used to commit serious abuses. For example, armoured vehicles originally manufactured by Land Systems (OMC), a...subsidiary of BAE Systems, have been exported to Uganda and Indonesia despite concerns that armoured vehicles have been used to commit or facilitate human rights violations in both countries. There is no suggestion that these companies have broken current laws...But in almost all these cases, the exports would not have been permitted from the country where the controlling company is based...Austrian pistol-maker Glock plans to set up production facilities in Brazil, exports from which would not be subject to the EU’s Code of Conduct on Arms Exports...[also refers to Deutz, Norinco, Thyssen Henschel, Kader, Daewoo (now Doosan Infracore Defense), Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Gruman, Israel Aircraft Industries, Elbit, Rafael, Israel Military Industries, EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space), Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL), Aerospatiale, Bharat Dynamics, Ordnance Factories, Embraer, Kharkiv Morozov, Bul Transmark, Tanfoglio, Singapore Technologies Kinetics, Otokar, Land Rover (part of Ford), AugustaWestland, Lord Corporation]

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