Britain arming repressive regimes in Persian Gulf: Rights group

 The British government has been accused of sacrificing human rights in order to access oil from repressive regimes in the Persian Gulf region.

Human rights group War on Want said in a report issued on Thursday that Britain regards Persian Gulf states as vital partners in securing the UK’s energy interests.

The London-based charity’s investigation, headlined “Arming Repression: The new British Imperialism in the Persian Gulf,” found that Britain had been selling harmful crowd control devices, used to suppress dissent during anti-government demonstrations.

“From the sale of vast quantities of tear gas and other crowd control tools, to the training of sniper units used to put down pro-democracy protests, the UK government, working closely with a large number of private companies, are key partners for repressive regimes in the [Persian] Gulf, with devastating consequences for democracy and human rights,” said Dr. Sam Raphael, the report’s…

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