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Human rights groups sue Denmark over exporting weapons to Israel

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Amnesty Worldwide announced Tuesday that Danish human rights teams Oxfam Denmark, Amnesty Worldwide, Motion Help Denmark and Palestinian rights group Al-Haq are suing Denmark’s Ministry of International Affairs and nationwide police to cease the nation from exporting navy tools and weapons to Israel.

The rights teams known as upon the courts to find out whether or not Denmark violated arms commerce guidelines in exporting weapons to Israel. The teams claimed that Denmark violated worldwide guidelines on arms commerce because the nation exported weapons that may be used to commit severe crimes in Gaza.

Secretary Basic of Motion Help Denmark Tim Whyte mentioned that Denmark “shouldn’t be sending weapons to Israel when there’s a cheap suspicion that [Israel] is committing conflict crimes in Gaza.” Secretary Basic of Amnesty Worldwide Denmark Vibe Klarup additionally mentioned that Denmark shouldn’t contribute to the bombings in Gaza as they’re disproportionate and violate the principles of conflict. As well as, UN specialists warned that any switch of weapons or ammunition to Israel would possible violate worldwide humanitarian legislation and should stop instantly.

Relatedly, human rights teams sought to cease the Dutch authorities from exporting F-35 fighter jet elements to Israel in a listening to that began on December 4, 2023. The teams challenged the Dutch authorities’s actions over obligations below the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the EU Common Position on Arms Exports Control. Denmark and the Netherlands are signatories of the ATT and the EU Frequent Place on Arms Exports Management, each of which prohibit the export of weapons and navy tools if worldwide legislation could also be violated.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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