The state Council suspends licenses to export weapons to Saudi Arabia

The state Council suspends licenses to export weapons to Saudi Arabia

The state Council suspended four export licences issued by the regional government of Wallonia for the sale of Fn Herstal weapons to Saudi Arabia. The Council of State is an independent judicial body whose job is to scrutinise all matters of governmental action, from communal to federal levels. The complaint was brought at the end of last year by the French-speaking Human Rights League and the pacifist organisation CNAPD. The Council found that the Walloon government had not carried out enough research into whether the arms in question would be…

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The Council of Europe calls on Russia to return the wreckage of the Smolensk plane crash

The Council of Europe calls on Russia to return the wreckage of the Smolensk plane crash

The Committee of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a report last week on the plane crash near Smolensk, Russia, in April 2010, calling on Russia to return the wreckage. In the crash the Polish president, his wife and 94 other people representing the Polish state lost their lives. The Polish plane crashed on 10 April 2010 on its route to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre of Polish officers by the Soviet secret police during the Second World War. The report was adopted unanimously…

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