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UK Arms Sales To Sri Lanka

EDM number 1480 in 2017-19, proposed by Edward Davey on 03/07/2018.
Categorised under the topics of Arms control, Asia and Human rights.

That this House notes the Tamil Information Centre's report of June 2017, Armament for Repression: Militarization of Sri Lanka, detailing the UK's arms trade with Sri Lanka and training of security forces, based on evidence from international human rights agencies and UN bodies; further notes that Sri Lanka remains of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's list of countries with serious human rights concerns and that an estimated 200,000 military, police and intelligence personnel remain in Sri Lanka's north-east region resulting in a repressive militarised environment; acknowledges the UN Commissioner for Human Rights' report of March 2018 regarding non-implementation of key commitments on accountability and reform by Sri Lanka and continuing human rights violations and attacks on minorities; notes the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry's statement in 2016 and 2017 that some 50,000 armed forces personnel deserted since 2009, alongside reports that crimes by armed forces members rose from five per cent of reported crimes in 2013 to 18 per cent in 2014; notes the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey's estimate of 2.3 million light weapons in circulation in Sri Lanka and that no records exist of illicit weapons and their use in crime; notes that Sri Lanka is not a state party to the UN Arms Trade Treaty; believes licensing arms exports to Sri Lanka given these circumstances could contravene international humanitarian law and exacerbate conflict, with weapons being used for internal repression and crime; and calls on the Government to end all arms exports to Sri Lanka immediately.

This motion has been signed by a total of 31 MPs.

MPDateConstituencyPartyType
Edward Davey03/07/2018Kingston and SurbitonLiberal DemocratProposed
Siobhain McDonagh03/07/2018Mitcham and MordenLabourSeconded
Tom Brake03/07/2018Carshalton and WallingtonLiberal DemocratSeconded
Bob Blackman03/07/2018Harrow EastConservativeSeconded
Joan Ryan03/07/2018Seconded
Jim Cunningham04/07/2018Coventry SouthLabourSeconded
Wera Hobhouse04/07/2018BathLiberal DemocratSigned
Stephen Timms06/07/2018East HamLabourSigned
Layla Moran09/07/2018Oxford West and AbingdonLiberal DemocratSigned
Chris Law09/07/2018Dundee WestScottish National PartySigned
Robert Halfon09/07/2018HarlowConservativeSigned
Marie Rimmer10/07/2018St Helens South and WhistonLabourSigned
Jonathan Edwards10/07/2018Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
Gareth Thomas10/07/2018Harrow WestLabourSigned
Christine Jardine11/07/2018Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Tim Farron11/07/2018Westmorland and LonsdaleLiberal DemocratSigned
Ruth George12/07/2018High PeakLabourSigned
Pete Wishart12/07/2018Perth and North PerthshireScottish National PartySigned
Alison Thewliss12/07/2018Glasgow CentralScottish National PartySigned
Caroline Lucas16/07/2018Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned
David Linden16/07/2018Glasgow EastScottish National PartySigned
Drew Hendry16/07/2018Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and StrathspeyScottish National PartySigned
Alan Brown16/07/2018Kilmarnock and LoudounScottish National PartySigned
Joanna Cherry16/07/2018Edinburgh South WestScottish National PartySigned
Alistair Carmichael04/09/2018Orkney and ShetlandLiberal DemocratSigned
Wes Streeting04/09/2018Ilford NorthLabourSigned
Rosie Duffield09/10/2018CanterburyLabourSigned
Owen Smith09/10/2018PontypriddLabourSigned
Janet Daby09/10/2018Lewisham EastLabourSigned
Stephen Gethins23/10/2018North East FifeScottish National PartySigned
Richard Burden05/11/2018Birmingham, NorthfieldLabourSigned

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