Stop Arming Turkey

We call on the British state and all other states to halt all arms sales to Turkey and military contracts with Turkish companies immediately.

Turkey is a priority market for British arms companies. According to figures compiled by Campaign Against Arms Trade, the UK government has approved at least £1.5bn worth of arms export licenses since 2008. However this is only the figure which the UK government has released, the actual figure may be much higher.

The Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, a governing document of the British Government, forbids the sale of arms to regimes which carry out human rights abuses. It’s clear that arming Turkey breaks UK arms export laws. But the value of known UK export licences for military equipment to Turkey from July 2013 to June 2016, was £466 million, and has been rising. Many of the licences were for components, including those for surface-to-air missiles and helicopters.

In 2017, Theresa May approved a £125m deal for British company BAE to develop Turkey’s TF-X Fighter jet.

British arms sales to Turkey amounted to £11 billion in 2018.

In June 2019, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox visited Turkey for talks with Turkish government ministers with the aim of increasing trade

Turkish weapons companies

Aselsan

Nurol

Otokar

Roketsan

MKEK

Havelsan

BMC

Turkish Aerospace Industries

International weapons companies

BAE Systems

Lockheed Martin

Jaguar LandRover

Turkish tanks invade Afrin

We call on our friends to

  • Take action against the Turkish and international companies selling weapons to the Turkish state.
  • Pressure governments to end all military cooperation with the Turkish state, including the issuing of export licences to Turkey.
  • Campaign for the immediate imposition of a complete international arms embargo against the Turkish state, including so-called “dual-use technology”.

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Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT) is an umbrella group made up of activists, trade unionists, and campaign groups in the UK.