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Monday, 03 February 2014

Documentary: “Weapons for the world—Export out of control”

In many regions of crisis, whether it be Mexico, Colombia, Sudan, South Sudan, on the Balkans or anywhere else, German small and light weapons are used and available in abundance. The documentary “Weapons for the world—Export out of control,” which is broadcast on arte on 4 February 2014 sheds light on the worldwide exports of these weapons. BICC experts were amongst those that supported the film makers in their research.

Luuk van de Vondervoort, BICC

The film team also visited a BICC project in Sudan which is financed by the German Foreign Office. In this project, BICC provides advice to the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission of Sudan (SDDRC) in the planning and coordination of small arms control on the national and the community level in various parts of the country; also in West Darfur. 

Another location for this documentary was South Sudan, where BICC also provides advice to the government on improving the stockpile management of small and light weapons. BICC experts on the ground support the Ministry of the Interior of South Sudan in the marking, registration and stockpiling of weapons as well as the formulation of corresponding policies. The project is financed by the German Foreign Office.

In Bonn, the film makers interviewed BICC researcher Jan Grebe who is an expert on German arms export policy and control.

Arte will be showing the documentary “Weapons for the world—Export out of control” (89 minutes, in German and French) on 4 February 2014 at 20:15. (It will be repeated on Thursday, 20 February at 9:00 a.m.)