The U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command this afternoon insisted that a cargo of weapons with explosives on the ship MV Schippersgracht en route to Port Said would not be offloaded in any Egyptian port.
The statement came after Amnesty International raised concerns earlier today that if the weapons ended up in Egypt there was a substantial risk they would be used by security forces to commit serious human rights violations.
The US authorities did confirm that the Dutch ship is carrying US military cargo. But the US refused to confirm the final destination or recipient of the weapons, citing security reasons, nor did they give assurances the cargo would not be end up in country where the weapons are likely to be used to commit gross human rights violations.
This episode is a clear example of the urgent need for the establishment and implementation of an effective global Arms Trade Treaty, so that there can be transparency in arms transfers and rules to ensure that arms are not transferred from any country to forces who pose a substantial risk of using them to commit gross human rights violations.
For more on this story, visit: Clinton must reveal final recipient of military cargo | Amnesty International.