The damage that the arms trade does is a root cause of so many of the world's problems. Quakers are working to end the arms trade.

The arms trade has a devastating impact on peace, human rights and security across the world. Large scale military procurement and arms exports only reinforce a militaristic approach to international problems.


We have to take responsibility in our own countries for the trade in weapons, which will continue unless we intensify our actions against it... Let us picture where Jesus Christ would be in this matter...He would be there, he would be working with us, he would be arguing and doing everything in his power to ensure that this trade, which is totally immoral, was stopped as soon as possible.
- Jo Vallentine, Quaker faith & practice 29.09


Stopping the world's largest arms fair

Quakers in Britain are a founder member of Stop the Arms Fair (offsite link): a coalition of groups opposing the Defence and Security Equipment International arms fair (DSEi - pronounced 'dicey') in East London every other year. We are building resistance to the arms fair through protest, lobbying, witness, creativity and prayer. The next DSEi is due to take place in 2017: if it does, Quakers will be working to increase the resistance.

Many Quaker meetings work to end the arms trade through support of Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), the national NGO working on this issue and a key partner of Quakers in Britain.

Image: A damaged UN school in Gaza city in 2012 (Wikimedia CC 3.0)

Contact us

Sam Walton
Peace & Disarmament Programme Manager
020 7663 1067