UK weapons to Lanka has increased

A British Parliament committee has found that weapons exports to Sri Lanka from Britain has increased despite Sri Lanka being listed as a country of concern by Britain over the human rights issue.

The Committees on Arms Export Controls said in a report published today that the value of extant licences to Sri Lanka has risen from £8.1m (49 licences) to £49.6m (79 licences) –  a rise of 614%.

The Committee has sought a response from the Government over the arms exports to Sri Lanka and a list of other countries.

On Sri Lanka, the Committee has recommend that the British Government states in its response the reasons it considers its approved extant arms export licences to Sri Lanka for assault rifles, body armour, combat shotguns, components for assault rifles, components for body armour, components for combat shotguns, components for pistols, components for sniper rifles, components for rifles, equipment employing cryptography, pistols, rifles, small arms ammunition, sniper rifles, software for equipment employing cryptography, sporting guns and weapons sights are currently compliant with the Government’s Arms Export Licencing Criteria. (Colombo Gazette)