Member of the United Kingdom House of Lords and Vice Chair of the Parliamentary Human Rights Group Lord Eric Avebury has written a letter to the South Korean President Park Geun-hye to highlight concerns about shipments of tear gas to Bahrain. Lord Avebury’s letter was written in advance of the President’s visit to the United Kingdom on November 5th. The letter aims to make the President aware of the excessive and lethal use of South Korean tear gas in Bahrain and appeals to her to stop any further shipment. South Korean firm DaeKwang Chemical Company has admitted to supplying Bahrain with 1 million tear gas canisters between 2011 and 2012, which were exported by another Korean company believed to be C.N.O .
Bahrain Watch recently published a leaked tender document revealing the Bahrain government’s plans to purchase a further 1.6 million tear gas canisters. Last week, it emerged that
the Korean Defense Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA) is currently considering issuing a license to an unnamed company to export tear gas to Bahrain, and is consulting with the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on the issue. The license could be issued at any time.
Bahrain Watch has launched the #StopTheShipment
campaign to prevent any further exports of tear gas to Bahrain. The campaign has received international media coverage
and high profile endorsements
. Over 70000 emails have been sent through the campaign website so far calling on the relevant companies, export agencies and government departments to end tear gas sales to Bahrain.
Letter by Lord Avebury: