eNCA Interview with Open Secrets’ Michael Marchant on the Yemen conflict
Since the outbreak of the conflict in Yemen, South Africa has exported arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The UN expert group on Yemen and other civil society reports have accused Saudi Arabia and the UAE of violating international human rights law and international humanitarian law. The engagement of both these countries has escalated the conflict in Yemen and lead to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
- The names of all permit holders that are authorised to export arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
- A judicial review of the decisions by the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) to authorise arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the UAE despite their active role in the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen and allegations of committing war crimes.
By granting export permits, the NCACC did not adhere to the criteria and principles set out in the National Conventional Arms Control Act (NCAC Act). In terms of the NCAC Act, the NCACC must avoid transfers of arms to governments that systematically violate or suppress human rights and fundamental freedoms; and transfers of arms that are likely to contribute to the escalation of regional military conflict.