U.S. law provides that no security assistance — including certain arms sales — may be given to any country in which the government engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.
In an effort to ensure that the human rights objectives of the new directive are achieved, the ABA Center for Human Rights performed a preliminary analysis to identify countries in which there is cause for concern that U.S. arms exports could inadvertently contribute to atrocities.
“Our preliminary analysis indicates that there may be a number of countries that have been authorized to receive significant levels of arms exports that also engage in a consistent pattern of gross violations of human rights,” Silkenat wrote.
Silkenat’s letter to Atrocities Prevention Board Chairman Stephen Pomper is available here.
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