Living by the Sword briefing

‘Living by the Sword’ is the name of FoR’s new briefing in support of the campaign to close the Defence Export Services Organisation (DESO). DESO, the government agency behind the UK’s arms push, boast that 75% of UK arms sales would not have happened without them. FoR works with grassroots peacemakers right around the globe through the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) and our International Peacemakers Fund (IPF).
One specific area that our partners overseas, many of them working in great difficulty and danger, continually worry about is the availability of arms in their countries. Indeed, our partners argue that the continued push of arms to their countries undermines the vital work of building peace, community and security. In response to their concerns we, along with a number of other organisations, are calling upon the government to end the promotion of arms from the UK and specifically, to close the Defence Exports Services Organisation (DESO).
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