Press release for immediate publication 01/04/2019
IRELAND SHOULD STOP SALES OF ALL MILITARY EQUIPMENT TO SAUDI ARABIA
The People Before Profit candidate for the European elections in
Ireland South, Adrienne Wallace has spoken out against the Saudi
Regime that many are calling barbaric. Ms. Wallace has signed her name
to the Saudi Women’s Act which was initiated by Saudi Human Rights
activist Abdulaziz Almoayyad. The Saudi Woman’s Act seeks to send a
delegation to Saudi Arabia to investigate claims of torture and sexual
abuse to female activists.
Ms. Wallace said “Germany’s decision to extend its ban on arms sales
to Saudi Arabia has put the spotlight on other EU countries. I am
calling on the Irish government to ensure that dual use equipment does
not reach Saudi Arabia. In 2016 a government report on the Control
under the Control of Exports Act 2008 indicated that six licenses were
granted for equipment whose final destination was Saudi Arabia.
In the Dail, it was stated that no licenses were granted for arms
exports to Saudi Arabia but this is somewhat economical with the
truth. The reality is that Ireland is producing dual use equipment
which can be used in Saudi Arabia’s deadly war in Yemen.”
She added “The UN says at least 7,025 civilians have been killed and
11,140 injured in the fighting since March 2015, with 65% of the
deaths attributed to Saudi-led coalition air strikes. Ireland can no
longer avoid taking measures if there is not to be blood on our hands.
After the German extension of a ban on arms sales, Ireland should
announce that it will no longer issue any more licenses for military
equipment that will make has Saudi Arabia as its final destination.
I am calling on all the other European election candidates to support
the Saudi Women’s Act and help make Ireland a beacon of hope and
ENDS – For more information contact Adrienne on 086 311 9991