In response to ABC Investigations’ findings that Australian arms are being sold to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – both countries accused of human rights violations and even war crimes in the conflict in Yemen – Oxfam Australia’s Advocacy and Campaigns Manager Conor Costello says:
“Shocking numbers of civilians continue to be killed as a result of the devastating war in Yemen.
“The findings of the ABC investigation on Australia’s arms sales, published today, is yet more evidence of the real and present risk that arms sold by Australia to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia could be being used in Yemen in ways that could breach the rules of war and prolong the conflict.
“The investigation also demonstrates once again a concerning lack of transparency and accountability in Australia’s arms export system.
“In light of this, Australia must immediately halt arms sales to countries involved in the conflict in Yemen, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. And, as the suffering of Yemeni civilians continues to increase, Australia needs to provide further humanitarian aid for the response.”