There is little or no information available on the vast majority of the tens of thousands of arms traders at DSEI 2013. However, the list of countries invited by the UK government to send official delegations provides at least a sense of those present.
The official invitation list for DSEI 2013 reveals delegations from 14 authoritarian regimes including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan, and 6 countries at war including Afghanistan and Iraq.
67 countries were invited
9 invitees are identified by the UK Foreign Office as countries with
the most serious wide-ranging human rights concerns.
These are Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan,
Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.
Libya is back on the invitation list. It was invited to DSEI 2009 when the Gaddafi regime was apparently a good customer for arms. An invitation for DSEI 2011 was not extended due to the UK being at war with the regime.
Read more about the delegations list in our press release.
Find DSEI suppliers of the invited countries
CAAT's arms trade map shows which companies at DSEI see these countries as arms export markets.
- "Authoritarian regimes" are as categorised by the Economist Intelligence Unit in its Democracy Index 2012
- "War" is as defined by the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK) in its Conflict Barometer 2012
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office listed 27 countries as being of particular concern in its latest
Human Rights Annual Report published in April 2013.
The House of Commons' Committees on Arms Export Controls (CAEC) recently
said that there is
an inherent conflict between strongly promoting arms exports to authoritarian regimes whilst strongly criticising their lack of human rights at the same timeand asked the Government to acknowledge the contradiction.