Reviewing Europe’s regulations on Arms Export Control: Can Germany lead by example?


07.11.2018, 19:00 Uhr

Skalitzer Straße 6, 10999 Berlin

19:00 – 20:00 Case Studies
Arms exports from European countries carried out over the past years turn out to have had detrimental impacts on civilian populations. Do Europe’s regulations on arms exports suffice to prevent war crimes and human rights violations? This panel will discuss the following topics within the context of the current review of Europe’s regulations on arms exports (the EU Common Position):

Roy Isbister, Saferworld (London):
The EU Common Position – status quo and what to achieve with its review
Jelena Cosic, BIRN (Belgrade):
Risks of diversion of arms - Arms trade from the Balkans ending up in Syria and Yemen
Radhya Almutawakel, Mwatana for Human Rights (Sana‘a):
European arms exported to countries involved in the conflict in Yemen
Sara San Martin, Centro de Estudios Ecuménicos, (Mexico):
A different end-user than expected – German Heckler & Koch exports to Mexico

20:00 - 21:00 How can Germany lead by example in Europe’s approach to arms export controls?
Which lessons can be learned from the case studies from Mexico, Yemen and the Balkans? What does potential change look like and how can Germany take a leading role?
A conversation among Dr. jur. Arnold Wallraff, former president of Germany’s Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Exports (BAFA) and member of Gemeinsame Konferenz Kirche und Entwicklung (GKKE) working group on Arms Exports, Stefan Liebich, MP, parliamentary group of Die Linke, Katja Keul, MP, parliamentary group of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and Linde Bryk, ECCHR. Moderator: Hans-Martin Tillack, Stern.

Drinks will be served after the last panel discussion.

The event will be held in English and German with translation provided. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Please register by Monday 5 November 2018 (please note that no confirmation will be sent).


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