Dutch Cabinet refuses to issue a ban on the export of weapons to dictatorships, even though the Dutch Parliament has asked for it. It even refuses to ban weapons trade with Saudi Arabia.
Dutch language news article:
The Netherlands exported weapons worth 1.41 billion euros in 2009, up 12 percent from 2008
“Contrary to the spirit of the (export) policy, large quantities of weapons are still going to dictators, conflict areas and developing countries,” the anti-defence lobby organisation says. “Although Dutch arms export policy demands a critical view of the human rights situation and internal and regional efforts in the destination country, this is no obstacle to sales to clearly problematic destinations such as Egypt, Yemen, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia,”
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