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May 2019

Second Administrative Challenge launched by ACAT against the Prime Minister of France (Urgent Request)




Armed Conflict in Yemen

Recipient State

Saudi Arabia

Case Type

Administrative Challenge




This second claim by ACAT sought to cancel customs permits issued to another cargo ship – the ‘Bahri Tabuk’ that authorised the transit and transportation of French arms from the French port of Fos-sur-Mer to Saudi Arabia. In an identical claim to their other case, it was submitted that the cancellation of the customs permits was necessary to protect the right to life and right to freedom from inhuman treatment of the Yemeni civilian population.

Following the same reasoning as the previous case, the Administrative Court of Paris dismissed the case given the lack of a ‘marked and imminent’ danger to the lives of the civilian population as a direct result of the authorisation of the contested customs permit.


28 May 2019

Case enters the courts. Urgent request filed at the Administrative Court of Paris for cancellation of customs permits.

28 May 2019

Judgement issued. Case dismissed as unfounded.

Contact the Claimants

This case was brought by Action des Chrétiens pour l’Abolition de la Torture (ACAT).

If you would like to know more about this case, please get in touch with our primary contact Elias Geoffrey (ACAT) by email.