With ASER against the arms sales of France in the war in Yemen!

Action Sécurité Ethique Républicaines (ASER) is a human rights NGO currently engaged in a legal battle against the French government co-responsible for war crimes in Yemen: more than 200,000 deaths, including 85,000 children under the age of 5 since March 2015.

While France ratified the Arms Trade Treaty in 2014, it has already transferred nearly €3 billion worth of war material to the countries of the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates responsible for serious human rights violations, war crimes and even crimes against humanity in Yemen.

That is why ASER brought an action before the administrative court on 7 May 2018 to request the suspension of French arms sales to the countries of the coalition at war in Yemen.

On 25 June 2019, the judges rejected our request while considering themselves competent to judge France’s arms exports. This is a first victory for ASER, but the judges nevertheless refuse the direct application of the Treaty. This decision contravenes Article 55 of the French Constitution, which states that treaties have a higher value than national laws.

Thus, on 8 September 2019 ASER appealed the judgment to the Paris Administrative Court of Appeal & the Court of Justice of the European Union.

The French government must bring its violations to justice and stop its arms sales to the coalition countries. We need you to support the legal costs.

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