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Honduran & UK NGOs urge UK gov’t to stop granting licenses for sales of telecom interception equipment to Honduran gov’t
Honduran and UK based human rights organisations write to express dismay to the UK Government’s sanctioning of sales of telecommunications interception equipment to Honduras, given the country’s human rights situation. They say Government’s assertion that “the issue of the licence was consistent with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria and remained so at the time of[space missing]export" was a misrepresentation and that there was reason to believe that the telecommunications interception equipment was highly likely to be used for internal repression. They urged UK Government to ensure that no further export licenses were granted to the Honduran Government for any equipment that could be used for internal repression.