Catalan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Institutional Relations and Transparency, Alfred Bosch, has renewed its claim for Spain’s Government to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia once and for all. “There is no justification for having stop the arm sales yet”, said Bosch and called for “a clear and firm commitment to defend the Human Rights.” The FA Minister pointed out that Spain comes fourth in Saudi Arabia’s arms supplier list, according to a report released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
In relation to this, a couple of weeks ago Bosch sent a letter to different ministries in the Spanish Government following a ruling of the Catalan Parliament which urged the Government “to take action” against their counterparts in Spain in order to suspend arms sales.
The letter warns that “the exports to Saudi Arabia could be used in Yemen’s conflict” and that these weapons “could be used to commit or at least facilitate violations of the Human Rights and the International Humanitarian Law ’. The text has been sent to the Vice President Ministry, the Ministry for Home Affairs, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Treasury, the Ministry for Industry and Trade and the Secretariat of the State of Trade.
Bosch met with Amnesty International Catalonia on Thursday and the organisation expressed their concern about this subject, which is amongst AI’s most urgent actions. In fact, AI and other organisations publicly denounced Spain’s arms sale to Saudi Arabia and called for the Government and the Catalan Parliament to support their claim.