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US bolsters human rights criteria for arms sales

The arms transfer policy takes into account how US weapons sales could be used to commit rights abuses.
Taiwanese navy launches a US-made Standard missile from a frigate during the annual Han Kuang Drill, on the sea near the Suao navy harbor in Yilan county on July 26, 2022. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP) (Photo by SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has revamped its arms export policy to include new criteria it says will reduce the risk that US weapons sold overseas will be used to commit human rights abuses. 

Under the revised US Conventional Arms Transfer Policy released Thursday, a weapon transfer or sale cannot be approved if the US government assesses the recipient would “more likely than not” use the arms to commit or facilitate acts including genocide, crimes against humanity, breaches of the Geneva Conventions or other serious violations of international law. 

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