Report: Czech weapons sold to Middle East, North Africa

19-10-2011

The Czech Republic and several other European countries along with Russia and the United States, sold weapons to authoritarian regimes in the Middle East and North Africa, in recent years, says a report by the watchdog group Amnesty International. The report was released on Wednesday. Since 2005, weapons were shipped to countries like Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, and Syria, with some of them used to try and suppress the popular uprising the Arab Spring, Amnesty International said. On the basis of the report, the organisation is calling for the rules on arms export to be tightened to lower the risk of weapons being used in human rights violations.