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Release Details on Weapons, Material Sold to Coalition Members

(Sydney) – The Australian government should immediately halt military sales to Saudi Arabia following numerous unlawful Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Australia should…
The remains of a community hall in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, after Saudi-led coalition warplanes attacked a funeral ceremony there on October 8, 2016.
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Clear Policies Needed to Prevent Use, Transfer, Stockpiling

(Washington, DC) – Australia’s ratification of the international convention banning cluster bombs can finally proceed following the Senate’s approval on August 21, 2012, but its flawed implementing legislation contains provisions inconsistent with the…
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The Australian Senate has a chance to avoid an embarrassing double standard in its approach to international law. But it needs to decide: does it want to ban cluster munitions or not? Is it willing to stand by its signed commitment to eliminate these…
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The European Union (EU) should continue to press candidate countries in Central and Eastern Europe to improve arms trade controls, Human Rights Watch said today. Tomorrow, the EU is expected to release the latest annual reports assessing the progress of…
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Joint Human Rights Watch and Bulgarian Helsinki Committee Statement

(New York, July 16, 2002) -- Anticipated legal reforms in Bulgaria mark an important step toward improved control over the arms trade, Human Rights Watch and the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee said today. The Bulgarian parliament is expected to vote…
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Pending Arms Trade Reforms

As you know, the government has introduced legislation to amend the 1995 Law on the Control of Foreign Trade Activity in Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies. We understand that this legislation has passed first reading and is expected to be approved…
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Need to Reform Notorious Arms Trade

The upcoming state visit to Bulgaria by U.S. President Bill Clinton, scheduled for November 21-23, presents an important opportunity to press Bulgarian officials on the urgent need for arms trade reforms. Human Rights Watch pointed out that it would be…
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Bulgaria's Troubling Arms Trade Record

William Jefferson Clinton   President of the United States   The White House     RE: Bulgarian arms trade     Dear President Clinton:     In light of your upcoming official visit to Bulgaria, we would like to draw your attention to Bulgaria's troubling…
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NATO and the European Union should press Bulgaria to stop transferring weapons to armed forces that are guilty of human rights abuse, Human Rights Watch said today. In a report released today in Sofia, Human Rights Watch charged that Bulgaria has earned…