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Finnish arms companies: Stop business with violently oppressive countries

Finnish arms companies: Stop business with violently oppressive countries

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This petition has been created by Eerik M. and may not represent the views of the Avaaz community.
Eerik M.
started this petition to
Minister of Defence Carl Haglund and the government of Finland
It is the responsibility of Finnish people to keep our government and companies in check, so they don't help other governments to cause unjust suffering and death. The international arms sales agreements aren't enough. We need Finnish government to put a stop to all weapons business with Israel and Saudi-Arabia, until the situation in those countries has truly changed for better.

Finnish arms technology companies Patria and Insta DefSec have been conducting business with Israel and Saudi-Arabia. Patria is 73.2% owned by Finnish government. Patria has had projects together with Rafael, which is an arms company owned by the government of Israel. Insta DefSec has sold missile technology to Rafael, which uses missiles against Palestinian people.

Finnish weapons technology is also helping Saudi-Arabia to maintain its cruel dictatorship and suppress its people. Saudi-Arabia is a monarchy without any democracy and it has forcefully put stop to the democratic attempts by its own citizens. Many human rights are violated in Saudi-Arabia - you can be sentenced to death because of homosexuality or blasphemy. Women have very limited rights and no one is allowed to recognize or practice any other religion than Islam. People in Saudi-Arabia have little chance of changing their country for better if other countries support the dictatorship that is oppressing them.
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