Report: more german arms exports to problem countries

report: more german arms exports to problem countries

According to the report, the number of countries considered to be problematic for german arms exports rose from 48 to 64 between 2010 and 2011.

In addition, the report’s authors see an increased danger in 9 recipient countries "that unacceptably high levels of military spending will harm human and economic development". These countries include angola, cameroon, kazakhstan, mozambique and nigeria. In total, 21.2 percent of german arms export licenses were issued to countries that receive government development aid and are classified as "developing countries" according to an OECD list.

"As churches, we have always spoken out against delivery licenses to developing countries. Funds for ruthlessness are lacking elsewhere in national budgets," criticized pralat karl justen. The annual analysis of the church initiative regularly comments critically on the official rustic report of the federal government.

"Non-democratic states can use weapons of war for internal repression, which further endangers peace in the country and the region," said pralat bernhard felmberg. Developments in authoritarian regimes are hardly predictable. Felmberg criticized the federal government’s attitude of justifying arms deliveries to these regions on the grounds that they would then be in a position to take their security into their own hands and thus serve as "anchors of stability".

According to the report, individual export licenses for rustic exports increased again in 2011 – to 5.4 billion euros from 4.8 billion euros (2010). At the same time, the importance of third countries outside NATO and the EU is increasing. 42 percent of all export licenses went to these states in 2011, said jan grebe of the international conversion center (BICC) in bonn.

The supply of mine detectors to third countries, which was highlighted by the federal government in its official report, had "hardly any material impact" on export licenses as a whole. Germany is still one of the world’s largest arms exporters, said grebe. But even arms deliveries to NATO or EU countries are not always unproblematic if they then simply sell the weapons on to other countries.

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