Banksy gives £205000 to human rights and anti-arms trade groups

Banksy gives £205000 to human rights and anti-arms trade groups

£200000 raised from Banksy artwork auction donated to anti-arms groups

The anonymous street artist Banksy has donated £205,000 from the sale of a protest piece to anti-arms campaigners.

The proceeds from the sale of Civilian Drone Strike, which shows a trio of Predator drones bombing a child's picture of a house, will be split between Reprieve, a human rights charity, and Campaign Against Arms Trade, a group seeking to abolish the global arms trade.

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The money raised will be split between two organisations - Campaign Against Arms Trade, which seeks to abolish the worldwide arms trade, and Reprieve, which fights for human rights.

The exhibition was the second half of a two-week festival of protest against the DSEI, the world's biggest arms fair, which brought together delegations from what activists say are some of the worst human rights-abusing regimes with 1,600 makers and sellers of weapons and military equipment.

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The Department for International Trade's stand featured a Bowler off-road rapid intervention vehicle (RIV) complete with machine gun, a light artillery gun and an inflatable rescue launch as well as a series of unmanned aerial drones.

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"Respect for human rights is a mandatory consideration in the process and a country would not be invited where that would contradict the UK's global obligations".

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