Human Rights Watch urges U.S. to stop arms shipments to UAE

UAE faces criticism over human rights abuses in UN review

Human Rights Watch urges US to stop arms shipments to UAE

&# 171; Human Rights Watch&# 187; urged the US to stop supplying weapons to the UAE

The United States and the UAE agree on an arms deal after the UAE and Israel negotiated an agreement to normalize relations in September, with the mediation of Washington.

Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday that the United States should not complete a planned arms deal to the United Arab Emirates until that country limits its illegal airstrikes on Libya and Yemen and stops providing military support for “violent local groups”.

Human rights activists also called on the UAE to investigate “previous alleged violations” of which the country is accused of committing in Libya and Yemen.

The statement by the international human rights organization was released a day after 29 human rights and arms control groups signed and sent a letter to US lawmakers and the State Department protesting the sale of US fighter jets, missiles and drones worth $ 23 billion to the United Arab Emirates. According to them, the sale of weapons will cause further damage to civilians and exacerbate the humanitarian crisis caused by the conflicts in Libya and Yemen..

HRW also called on the US Congress to block the UAE arms deal.

“By continuing to sell weapons to the UAE, the US authorities are ignoring the overwhelming evidence of airstrikes and other attacks by the Saudi Arabia-UAE-led coalition in Yemen that have killed civilians illegally,” said Sarah Holevinsky, HRW Director in Washington. for the recognition of Israel should not entail complicity in unlawful killings in Libya and Yemen “.

Reuters quoted the UAE Embassy in Washington as advocating arms sales. “Sharing US interests and values, the UAE’s highly professional military is a powerful deterrent to aggression and an effective response to violent extremism,” the embassy said in a statement..

The United States and the UAE agree on an arms deal after the UAE and Israel negotiated an agreement to normalize relations in September with the mediation of Washington.

In November, three US senators came up with a legislative initiative to end arms sales to the UAE, leading to a standoff with US President Donald Trump. However, in order to overcome the president’s veto, this initiative must first be approved in the Senate as well as in the House of Representatives, with a two-thirds majority..

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