SUMMARY JUDGMENT ON RELEASE OF COMMERCE DEPARTMENT DOCUMENTS ON U.S. ARMS EXPORTS TO SOUTH AFRICA BEFORE JUDGE KEENAN TUESDAY, MAY 4TH

by Riptide Communications Inc.
New York, New York, United States
May 3, 1993
2 pages
Type: Press Release
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The press release says attorneys for the Africa Fund and the U.S. Department of Commerce will have a showdown on whether the Commerce Department will be required to release over a thousand documents concerning the export of shotguns and other munitions by U.S. manufacturers to South Africa in violation of the U.N. Arms Embargo and Commerce Department regulations; Judge John Keenan will hear arguments on Tuesday, May 4th at 4:00 p.m. in Courtroom 228 of the United States Courthouse on Foley Square in New York. The press release says the Commerce Department, which has previously refused to acknowledge the existence of the documents, admitted in discovery that there are over 1100 documents responsive to the request of the Africa Fund, a non-profit educational organization; earlier this month the new Secretary of Commerce, Ron Brown, joined his Bush-era predecessors in refusing a request by the Africa Fund that he exercise discretion given to him to determine that it is in the public interest to release the documents. The press release says the arms exports have paralleled the rise on violence and killings in the townships of South Africa; the Africa Fund is represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights. The press release includes a copy of a letter to Jennifer Davis, Executive Director, The Africa Fund from Douglas E. Lavin, Acting Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, United States Department of Commerce. The press release says contact David Lerner / Kathy Engel.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to The Africa Fund).
Collection: Africa Action Archive