Arms Trade Issues

Campaigns past and present

David Cameron and Vince Cable selling fighter jets to India

Introduction to the Arms Trade

The vast majority of arms sold around the world, including those to human rights abusing governments or into conflict areas, are legal and actively supported by governments. Take our tour around the key issues of the arms trade.

Campaigners outside the National Gallery

Public Institutions

Arms companies are hiring the spaces of our museums, galleries, and historical buildings – even our cathedrals. By agreeing these deals, public institutions are giving practical support and a veneer of legitimacy to an industry based on death and destruction. We're asking them to reconsider.

Missile system

Arms Fairs

Arms Fairs exist so that arms buyers and sellers can come together, network and make deals. They allow the weapons manufacturers to promote their products to regimes in conflict, those with terrible human rights records, or with human development needs.

UKTI Campaign Logo

UKTI: Armed & Dangerous

The UK government doesn't just approve the sales of arms to unstable & despotic regimes - it actively promotes them - through a taxpayer funded arms sales unit. CAAT is calling for the closure of the UKTI Defence & Security Organisation (UKTI DSO) and an end to its functions.

Two arms dealers shaking hands

Jobs and the Economy

One of the few ways the Government and the arms companies can rally public support for the arms trade is to claim that it keeps people in work. But these jobs are supported by public funds and the Government could reallocate the resources to create work in far more socially-useful activities.

Don't let BAE off the hook

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is the world's third largest arms producer, with military customers in over 100 countries. Its portfolio includes fighter aircraft, warships, tanks, armoured vehicles, artillery, missiles and small arms ammunition.

This is not OK

This is NOT OK

The UK government claims it has a "responsible" attitude to arms sales. Yet it spends public money on persuading some of the world's worst human rights abusers and most unstable regimes to buy weapons. CAAT's campaign says This is NOT OK.

CAAT's other current issues

CAAT's Previous Campaigns

Other issues which CAAT has focused on in the past

Page updated 13 May 2014
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