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Britain's BAE Systems negotiating to sell 12 Typhoon fighter jets to Bahrain, despite the country's weak human rights record

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Company response
9 September 2013

Company Response from BAE Systems

Author: BAE Systems (UK)

Our position on Bahrain and the Commons Inquiry... Bahrain: We are aware that Bahrain has expressed an interest in Typhoon but that these discussions are at a very early stage. As appropriate, BAE Systems supports the UK Government in these discussions. As with all export opportunities, these requirements will be addressed in strict accordance with UK government export licensing policy. Commons Inquiry: We agreed with the Committee to give evidence informally, in order to be as helpful as possible, without compromising diplomatic and commercial sensitivities. The discussion drew on Sir Sherard's wide experience of Saudi matters, and his knowledge of the region, and also touched on BAE Systems position in the Kingdom.

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Article
14 August 2013

Protest and repression in Bahrain: UK trading silence for arms sales

Author: Campaign Against the Arms Trade

The UK government will continue to back the repressive regime in Bahrain through political support and continued arms sales, including a new arms deal for BAE Eurofighter Typhoons...In a report issued on 17 July the parliamentary Committees on Arms Export Controls was deeply critical of the UK government's arms sales to Bahrain and added Bahrain to their list of 27 "countries of concern" for their record of human rights abuse. It reiterated its belief that there is "an inherent conflict between strongly promoting arms exports to authoritarian regimes whilst strongly criticising their lack of human rights at the same time" and asked the Government to acknowledge the contradiction.

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Article
13 August 2013

Commons Inquiry into Saudi Arabia and Bahrain 'Jeopardised by Secret Meeting with BAE Systems'

Author: Gianluca Mezzofiore, International Business Times (UK)

Human rights groups have lashed out at a Commons inquiry into Britain's relationship with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain after MPs gathered secret evidence from BAE Systems. The pressure group Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) wrote to Conservative MP Richard Ottaway, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, condemning the decision to meet representatives of the British-based multinational defence company behind closed doors...

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Article
9 August 2013

Britain to sell Typhoon jets to Bahrain, despite human rights record

Author: Ben Farmer, The Telegraph (UK)

The proposed deal with the Gulf monarchy rocked by protests in 2011 is thought to be worth more than £1 billion and is part of a concerted effort by Gulf countries to strengthen military ties with Britain... Bahrain’s government faced condemnation and accusations of brutality for its repression of protests led by the island’s Shia majority in early 2011, but still considers Britain one of its closest international allies. Amnesty International claimed the arms negotiations showed human rights worries were once again playing second fiddle to British business deals. Tim Hancock, Amnesty International’s UK campaigns director said: “Bahrain’s human rights situation is appalling and it’s worrying that the UK appears to be taking a ‘business as usual’ approach to selling the country high-tech weaponry.

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