'Explosive data compiled by an anti-arms trade group has revealed that the UK government sold Honduras £300,000 (US$417,500)-worth of surveillance gear, which the Central American country has used against its own people.
The data, compiled by Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), shows the UK traded arms with Honduras in the year leading up to the Central American nation’s disastrous 2017 election – which saw mass social unrest and the assassination of Honduran environmentalists and political activists.
According to the Consolidated and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, the UK does not grant licenses if there is a clear risk that the items sold might be used for internal repression.
Andrew Smith, a CAAT spokesman, told RT that by arming the regime in Honduras, the UK government is complicit in how this equipment is used.
“The UK has a long and shameful history of arming and supporting human rights abusing regimes,” Smith said.
“Since the Brexit vote there have been worrying moves towards even closer relationships with dictatorships and authoritarian rulers … The UK is at a crossroads, and irrespective of how people voted on Brexit, the vast majority of people want the UK to be a force for good in the world and stand up for human rights and democracy, not to arm and support human rights abuses.”'
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