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Ministers questioned on human rights and arms trade in Yemen

25 April 2016

The Committees on Arms Export Controls (CAEC) hear from experts in the Middle East and four Government Ministers as they continue their inquiry into the use of UK-manufactured arms in Yemen.  


Wednesday 27 April 2016, Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

At 3.30pm

  • Lt Gen (retd) Sir Simon Mayall KBE CB, former Senior Defence Adviser, Middle East, Ministry of Defence
  • Dr Anna Stavrianakis, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Sussex
  • Michael Stephens, Research Fellow for Middle East Studies, RUSI

At 4.30pm

  • Philip Dunne MP, Minister of State for Defence Procurement, Ministry of Defence
  • Tobias Ellwood MP, Minister for the Middle East, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP, Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Rt Hon Desmond Swayne TD MP, Minister of State, Department for International Development

Purpose of the session

The first panel focuses on:

  • the UK's strategic interests in the area and its relationship with the arms trade

The second panel focuses on:

  • Government reaction to claims of human rights infringements in the region
  • what monitoring takes place to ensure that British-made munitions have not been used in a way that would breach an export licence

Further information

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