Monday, 16 December 2013

GKKE calls for a radical change in arms exports policy

Having published its arms exports report 2013, the Joint Conference Church and Development (GKKE) today is calling for a radical change in arms exports policy towards a truly restrictive export licensing practice.

Prelate Dr. Martin Dutzmann, Protestant Chair of the GKKE in principle welcomes the decrease in export licenses granted in 2012 compared to 2011 but explains that the trend in the medium term still shows that the figures remain at an all-time high. 

Prelate Dr. Karl Jüsten, Catholic Chair of the GKKE also critically comments that the arms exports policy is on the wrong track. “Arms are a means of violence; their export must first be judged according to peace ethics, very similar to the use of violence itself.”

Jan Grebe, Chair of the expert group on arms exports and researcher at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), acknowledges the international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT): “The next task is to accelerate its ratification worldwide and to support the States in the implementation of the Treaty,” Grebe comments.


Press release "GKKE fordert Kehrtwende in der Rüstungsexportpolitik" (in German)

Rüstungsexportbericht 2013 (in German)