CAMPAIGN Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) has been nominated for the Noble Peace Prize for its ongoing work to stop Britain’s complicity in the bombing of Yemen.
The anti-arms group received the joint nomination along with its partner Mwatana for Human Rights, a grassroots organisation in Yemen, from Nobel Laureate the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW).
The nomination is intended to draw attention to the suffering of the Yemeni people and CAAT’s latest judicial review against Britain’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
A previous legal action by the group successfully halted arms sales to the Gulf state, which is accused of war crimes in Yemen, until ministers decided resume exports in July.
Quaker Peace and Social Witness head Oliver Robertson said that they hoped the nomination will also “encourage others to shut off the flow of armaments and instead work hard to build a sustainable peace in Yemen.”
CAAT member Dana Aboul Jabine said the group was “honoured” by the nomination and “grateful” that it intends to highlight its work towards ending Britain’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
The campaign group was founded in 1973 with the aim of ending the international arms trade.