Media Briefing: UK Arms Exports

A briefing from Bond about the impact of the UK’s arms exports to Israel. The briefing is based on information provided by Bond’s member INGOs and partner organisations.

The briefing includes information on how Israel is breaching International Humanitarian Law, the category of arms licences the UK exports and information on UK’s exports of arms to Israel, previous UK suspensions of arms to Israel, the need for parliamentary scrutiny and information on key INGO spokespeople on this issue.

It also includes information on actions the UK government can take to adhere to its obligations under international law, prevent complicity in grave abuses, and secure an immediate and permanent ceasefire.

INGO Spokespeople on arms control  

Roy Isbister, Team Leader of the Arms Unit at Saferworld 

Roy has over 20 years experience in responsible arms transfer control strategies nationally, regionally and internationally. He regularly gives evidence to Parliamentary Committees and contributes to international media on arms control issues. 

Saferworld is an independent, not-for-profit international organisation working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives in countries and territories across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. 

Richard Stanforth, Senior Policy Advisor, Oxfam 

Oxfam has a long history of working on the impact of arms on civilians in humanitarian crises, most recently having campaigned to stop the export of UK arms to Saudi Arabia for use in the conflict in Yemen. Oxfam has been working in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel since the 1950s, and still have staff in Gaza today.

Further information

    • This briefing has been informed by other briefings from Bond member organisation, Oxfam GB and briefings from Amnesty International UK.
    • Many of Bond’s member organisations are actively working in or have recently worked in some form in Gaza providing humanitarian assistance to civilians.
    • Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development. Bond unites and supports a diverse network of over 350 civil society organisations from across the UK, and allies to help eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice. 
    • To contact the spokespeople or for further information, please contact Jess Salter, Media Adviser at Bond at [email protected] or 07493200979