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UK Department of Int'l Trade responds to concerns about export of telecommunications interception equipment to Honduras

Author: The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for lnternational Trade Department for lnternational Trade (UK), Published on: 11 April 2018

...Thank you for your letter of 3 April, signed by 23 UK and Honduras human rights organisations, expressing concern that the UK Government has licensed the export of telecommunications interception equipment to Honduras. I would like to begin by assuring you that we take our export licensing responsibilities very seriously. We will only grant an export licence if to do so is consistent with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. All export licence applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis against these...[criteria], which provide a thorough risk assessment framework... Export licence applications include details of the intended end user and end use of the goods... On a case-by-case basis, the FCO advises DIT...assessing the risk in relation to internal repression and the situation in the recipient country... Detailed political and human rights reporting and advice is sought, if necessary, from specialist FCO departments and diplomatic posts overseas...We have kept the situation in Honduras under careful review... The UK Government has raised concerns about human rights with December 2016. All licence Honduras... will continue to be assessed on a case-by-case basis... We will not authorise exports where we assess that there is a clear risk they might be used for internal repression. 

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