Drones and children's events shouldn't mix
Can it really be the case that science festival organisers think that a company which supplies the kind of killer drones that have been used in Gaza are a suitable sponsor for a family day out? Please ask Edinburgh International Science Festival to end its arms company sponsorship.
Stop arming Egypt
Over 500 people have been sentenced to death in Egypt, in a 'grotesque' ruling made after just two court sessions. The UK Foreign Office has expressed concern about the death sentences – but actions speak louder than words. The UK has never stopped selling arms to Egypt. In fact, the value of arms sales the Foreign Office has permitted has increased tenfold since the revolution. Please ask for an arms embargo now.
Three years ago Saudi Arabia sent armoured vehicles – made by UK arms company BAE Systems – into Bahrain to support its brutal crackdown on protest. The UK is still arming Bahrain and Saudi Arabia today. Last month Prince Charles flew to Saudi Arabia and danced for its autocratic rulers to help BAE secure another weapons deal. Take action.
'Security & Policing'
Major weapons and spyware companies have gathered in Farnborough for a secretive exhibition. The Security & Policing fair includes "products which would be too sensitive to show in a more open environment" – but repressive regimes are still invited to shop. Despite the secrecy, activists managed to send a message during the arms dealers' dinner in a top Farnborough hotel.