Paavo Arhinmäki, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, has called for the rescission of the permit granted to Patria to export armoured vehicles to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The opposition leader argues on his blog that the rescission would be “the right and ethical decision” because the UAE is waging war and violating human rights by taking part in the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen. The Finnish Government granted the state-owned defence technology provider the permit to export 40 armoured personnel carriers to the UAE last March, according to Arhinmäki.
“Media reports suggest the United Arab Emirates has deployed infantry units in Yemen. It is therefore apparent that Finnish-made armoured vehicles could be used in warfare,” he argues.
Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general at the United Nations, pleaded with the United Kingdom earlier this month to stop supplying arms to Saudi Arabia. “Yemen is in flames and coalition air-strikes in particular continue to strike schools, hospitals, mosques and civilian infrastructure,” he said according to the Guardian.
The Yemeni Civil War has already claimed the lives of over 5,000 civilians. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) warned last month that the food security of more than 14 million people in Yemen is at risk.
“There is an apparent possibility that Finnish-made armoured vehicles will be used against the civilian population in the Yemeni Civil War or for oppressive measures in the United Arab Emirates, which is why the [export] permit should be revoked,” states Arhinmäki.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi