London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has announced
that it is to sell all of its investments in arms companies, reports the Campaign Against Arms Trade. The campaign also recently released an 'Ivy League' of university arms investors, which makes for interesting reading.
The Defence Export Services Organisation, the part of the Ministry of Defence
which markets UK weapons abroad, released the list of official invitees to the
DSEi arms fair on Sunday. Defence Systems and Equipment International is one of
the world's largest Arms Fairs and from 13-16 September will host companies
selling everthing from fighter jets to small arms to cluster bombs.
The list of invitees includes
seven countries (Colombia, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Russia, Vietnam and
China) which were featured in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's 2005 Human
Rights Report as major human rights black holes. It also includes
mutually hostile India and Pakistan, and newly friendly Libya.
ranked third in the list of arms sellers in 2004, whilst Israel jumped to fifth
place in the list.
of the report’s major findings is that nearly 22 billion dollars in new arms
agreements were signed between developed and developing countries last year, a
sharp increase over the 15.1 billion of the previous year.