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Britain’s arms deals with Sri Lanka revealed

[guardian.co.uk, Monday, 18 February 2013 09:10 No Comment]

More than £2m worth of sales made last year to a government which has been accused of extensive human rights violations

Small arms weaponry, ammunition and various other military equipment were among millions of pounds’ worth of goods exported last year from Britain to Sri Lanka under licences for arms and other closely regulated exports.

Statistics taken from the British government’s own database for strategic export controls show items ranging from assault rifles and shotguns through to weapons sights, pistols and ammunition were sold last year to the South Asian nation’s government, which has been accused of extensive human rights violations in relation to its treatment of its Tamil minority and the suppression of armed separatists, who have also been acused of abuses.

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