Belgium: Arms export licence approved in spite of human rights report

The Walloon regional government in Belgium ignored federal government fears about human rights violations before exporting arms to Libya, according to a report. In October 2009 the highest Belgian court suspended the arms license issued by the Walloon government, citing Libya's human rights record and its alleged role as a hub of arms trafficking. The court decision came too late to stop the export of much of the weaponry. But reports in the Belgian media now suggest the Walloon government issued a new licence to export weapons to Libya despite the federal government’s human rights concerns.