THIS IS NOT OK

  • Stop Arming Israel banner at Elbit factory
    Stop Arming Israel protest, August 2014 (London Palestine Action)
  • In 2014, the UK government refused to stop arming israel despite admitting that UK weapons might have been ussed in the attacks on Gaza
  • Hong Kong protesters attacked with tear gas
    Tear gas in Hong Kong, September 2014 (Picture: Pasa Au Yeung on flickr)
  • UK-made tear gas was turned on democracy protesters in Hong Kong, yet the government again did nothing.
  • Essam Atta's mother
    Ne'ma, Cairo, October 2011 (Picture: Maggie Osama on Flickr)
  • Ne'ma's son, Essam Atta, was tortured to death in a military prison in Cairo in October 2011. The UK is still arming Egypt
  • Saudi forces enter Bahrain
    Saudi Arabia used UK-made armoured vehicles in Bahrain
  • Essam Atta's mother
    Libya, August 2011. (Picture: Jeroen Oerlemans/Panos)
  • A man hears that his brother was among 50 prisoners - mainly civilians – massacred by Gaddafi troops. The UK helped arm and train the unit responsible.
  • Haya, Gaza
    Gaza, December 2008. (Picture: Mohammad Rujailah)
  • Haya, 12, was killed with her sister Lama, 4, in Israel's attacks on Gaza in 2008. The UK supplied parts for the planes used in the bombing.
  • This is NOT OK

Weapons supplied by the UK have been used in Israel's attacks on Gaza, on democracy protesters in Hong Kong, and in the violent repression of uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. This is NOT OK

Yet the UK still spends public money on persuading some of the world's worst human rights abusers and most unstable regimes to buy weapons.

Even as public services are cut, £700 million is wasted on subsidising arms exports every year – enough to fund 33,000 newly qualified nurses.

  • Stop the arms fair! In September 2015, the government will co-organise a massive arms fair in London, inviting authoritarian regimes and countries in conflict to shop for weapons. Join the planning to resist it!
  • Demand that the government shifts priorities from arms to renewables to create more and better jobs and a safer world for all.
  • Challenge arms companies' attempts to buy legitimacy. Tell our cultural institutions that hosting the arms trade is not OK.
  • Take two minutes to lobby your MP to fix the UK's broken arms export controls.