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Judgement by the Council of State on the Claim filed 20.02.2021 against the Walloon Government

Appears in case: Fourth Administrative Challenge at the Council of State against the Walloon Government




Armed Conflict in Yemen

Recipient State

Saudi Arabia

Document Type


The Council of State orders the suspension of all contested licences issued by the Walloon government for export to Saudi Arabia.

The court reasons that the government failed to take into account the clear risk that the technology or military equipment to be exported could be used in internal repression or in the commission of serious violations of IHL in Yemen. It also notes that the government should have exercised particular caution when issuing licences to a country where serious human rights violations have been observed by the UN, EU and Council of Europe, citing the observations of these bodies on the situation in Saudi Arabia and Yemen in the judgement.