Residential area in the Old City of Sana’a (Yemen) after an airstrike allegedly conducted by the Saudi/VAE led coalition © Mwatana

3 June 2020

German bombs and fighter jets for the war in Yemen: What’s next after the International Criminal Court received a joint Communication?

3 June 2020, 10:30 am
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)

Please note, that this event will be held mainly in German.
German-English simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Eurofighter, Tornados, MK 80 bombs – there is strong evidence that military goods made in Europe are used in the ongoing war in Yemen. MK 80 bombs are produced by the Rheinmetall AG subsidiary RWM Italia and exported to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Airbus provides essential parts of the fighter jet Eurofighter Typhoon also delivered to Saudi Arabia. Aircrafts and bombs are subsequently used for air strikes in Yemen carried out by the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE. These airstrikes have resulted in indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on civilian homes, schools and hospitals.

Are German and European arms companies therefore aiding and abetting alleged war crimes committed by the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Yemen? This question is at the core of a ground-breaking communication ECCHR together with Mwatana for Human Rights and four other NGO partners submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in December 2019.

In the webinar we will discuss the following questions with our experts:

What role do German weapons play in the war in Yemen? Can German arms exports be qualified as aiding and abetting to war crimes under international criminal law? How probable is it that the ICC will establish criminal liability of German arms manufacturers? How can we legally guarantee respect for human rights on behalf of German arms manufacturers in the long run?


Prof. Dr. Dr. Kai Ambos, Chair for Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Comparative Law, International Criminal Law and International Law, Faculty of Law, University Göttingen, Germany

Bonyan Gamal, Human Rights Activist, Mwatana Organization for Human Rights, Yemen

Dr. Miriam Saage-Maaß, Vice Legal Director and Program Director Business and Human Rights, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)

Moderator: Dr. Ronen Steinke, Lawyer, Editor at Süddeutsche Zeitung and book author

Please register at until Monday, June 1st, 2020.

After the registration deadline you will receive the dial-in link and further information.


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