News
Iceland Participating In Illegal Weapons Shipments To Saudi Arabia

Iceland Participating In Illegal Weapons Shipments To Saudi Arabia

Photos by
Mehdi Nazarinia/Wikimedia Commons

Published February 28, 2018

Despite Icelandic law and international treaties banning the practice, Iceland has been knowingly greenlighting weapons shipments through the country to Saudi Arabia, which has been waging war on civilians in Yemen. Shortly after the matter was brought to light, the Icelandic government has stopped future shipments, and will review its standards and practices.

Both Icelandic law, and international treaties that Iceland has agreed to, forbid the distribution of weapons to areas where they are used against civilians. Investigative news show Kveikur has brought to light, however, that over the past few years, Air Atlanta has been flying weapons from eastern Europe to Saudi Arabia through Iceland, where the shipments have been rubber stamped for passage.

As has been widely reported, numerous civilians in Yemen have been killed in an ongoing war between that country and Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has also been using the weapons in Syria, bringing with it untold civilian casualties.

The weapons passing through Iceland, with the blessing of its government, include some 170,000 land mines. This is especially troubling as while Saudi Arabia is not a signatory country of the Ottawa Treaty, which bans the use of landmines, Iceland is.

In the wake of this reporting, RÚV reports, the Icelandic government has halted the latest request from Air Atlanta to fly further weapons through the country. Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir told reporters that the government needs to “review its regulations and practices looking forward. And it is of course important that we show that we are follow these international treaties which we have signed.”


News
Icelandic Whaler: “Slow News Period” To Blame For Coverage Of Rare Whale Kill

Icelandic Whaler: “Slow News Period” To Blame For Coverage Of Rare Whale Kill

by

Kristján Loftsson, the director of Iceland’s sole fin whale hunting company, Hvalur hf., gave a very candid interview with Icelandic

News
The Midwives’ Tale: Government Continues To Ignore Demands

The Midwives’ Tale: Government Continues To Ignore Demands

by

Negotiations between the midwives and the government have been ongoing for two years, with the crux of the disagreement centering

News
Icelandic Biologist Considers It Likely Killed Whale Is Rare Hybrid

Icelandic Biologist Considers It Likely Killed Whale Is Rare Hybrid

by

A DNA sample of the whale killed in Icelandic waters last week is currently being tested, and an Icelandic biologist

News
Horsin’ Around at Landsmót Hestamanna

Horsin’ Around at Landsmót Hestamanna

by

Over the week of July 1st to 8th, thousands of people from Iceland and abroad gathered on a grassy hill

News
Icelandic Whalers Kill Protected Whale

Icelandic Whalers Kill Protected Whale

by

Icelandic whalers hunting fin whales appear to have accidentally killed either a protected blue whale or a rare blue-fin whale

News
Richard Spencer Blocked In Iceland, Barred From Schengen

Richard Spencer Blocked In Iceland, Barred From Schengen

by

White nationalist Richard Spencer’s unsuccessful attempt to enter Europe was stopped in Iceland last week. Border officials Fréttablaðið spoke with

Show Me More!