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Friday, 12 May 2006
Illegal Arms, Trade
Mood:  irritated
Topic: Who Makes to Spread
Scrap Iron Bob, the Late Bob Menzies was a Business man. Sold scrap metal to the Japanese, who later sent it back in way of bombs.** Well, we have worse traders now, this 'contract,' game has spread to others. "Hundreds of thousands of weapons and millions of rounds of ammunition from Bosnia and Herzegovina's war-time stockpiles exported clandestinely under the auspices of the US Department of Defense; the shipments, supposedly to Iraq, used a chain ofprivate brokers and transport contractorsincluding an air cargo company that violated a UN arms embargo on Liberia;A huge shipment by a Dutch-UK firm of ammunition and explosives from a Brazilian manufacturer to Saudi Arabia and Mauritius seized by South African authorities because it had no transhipment licence; Brazil authorised the arms export despite the pattern of grave human rights violations committed in Saudi Arabia; The sea freighting of large quantities of arms to Liberiafrom China by a Dutch arms broker in contravention of a UN arms embargo on Liberia and despite evidence of the widespread killing, rape and displacement of thousands of civilians. The report also highlights a number of cases where the services of private contractors who have been involved in illegal arms shipments have also been employed to support UN peacekeeping missions and deliveries of humanitarian aid at tax-payers' expense." This is an extract of a long report from Amensty International which can be reached at:- ALSO:-Past and current Amnesty news services can be found at . Visit for information about Amnesty International and for other AI publications. Contact if you need to get in touch with the International Secretariat of Amnesty International.**

Posted by aussiepod at 8:52 AM EADT
Updated: Friday, 12 May 2006 8:55 AM EADT

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