25 Apr '14, 6pm

Official: Human Rights Abuses Now a Factor In US Weapon Export Decisions

WASHINGTON — In the wake of the US suspension on arms and defense exports to Russia, a State Department official said Washington’s classified Conventional Arms Transfer Policy has been updated to make clear that the US will not transfer arms, equipment or training to countries that commit genocide, crimes against humanity or violate international humanitarian law. The policy serves as a framework, not a formula, to guide US decision-making on which defense systems and arms exports will go to which countries and under what conditions, said Gregory Kausner, deputy assistant secretary of state for regional security and security assistance. Originally written in 1995 during the Clinton administration, the arms transfer policy is now a better reflection of the realities of today’s national security issues, especially in places of regional instability, Kausner said, adding that ...

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