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Liam Fox's hunt for post-Brexit trade deals 'may have led to activists being killed

Author: The Mirror (UK), Published on: 24 July 2018

…The International Trade Secretary approved licenses which sold surveillance equipment to Honduras - where activists are routinely threatened and even killed. Liam Fox’s obsession with securing post-Brexit trade deals around the world may have put the lives of environmental activists at risk, a charity has warned. Surveillance equipment sold to the government of Honduras after licences were approved by the British government may have been used to track, harass and kill activists in the country, according to a report by human rights organisation Global Witness. This year five activists have been killed by the Honduran authorities, the report claims, as land rights activists have faced increased police repression and death threats. In February, Liam Fox approved the sale of telecommunications interception equipment which the organisation believe may have helped the Honduran government carry out its campaign of harassment. That deal and previous licenses to sell spyware equipment were approved by Liam Fox’s Department of Trade according to a letter seen by the Daily Mirror. Global Witness’s Ben Leather told The Mirror:… "Rather than giving repressive regimes the tools to spy on its people, Fox and the UK Government should be standing up for human rights and those who defend them.”…

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