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Oxfam report: UK's weak export controls on weapons components raise human rights concerns

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25 February 2004

[press release] Arms Trade: New Report Reveals Major Loophole in British Arms Export Controls

Author: Oxfam

...the [UK] government is applying weaker controls to the export of components, compared to the export of full weapons systems. These double standards allow British-sold weapons components to end up in countries where they could ultimately be used to violate human rights.

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1 February 2004

[full report] "Lock, Stock and Barrel: How British Arms Components Add up to Deadly Weapons"

Author: Oxfam GB

Every day in our work around the world, Amnesty International UK, IANSA and Oxfam witnesses the abuse of arms which fuels conflict, poverty, and violations of human rights. [refers to companies including Otokar, Land Rover (part of Ford), Vickers Defence Systems (part of Alvis Vickers), Heckler & Koch, MKEK]

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