Germany: Pax Christi Germany signs onto open letter to Chancellor Merkel on arms exports to Saudi Arabia
18/12/18 - On 10 December, Pax Christi Germany joined in sending an open letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel. The letter begins by asserting that "everyone has the right to life, freedom and security of the person" as outlined in Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The letter is part of the Stop the Arms Trade campaign and is entitled, "Stop arms exports to states involved in the Yemen war completely!"
The letter was signed by Christine Hoffman of Pax Christi Germany, one of the spokespersons of the big civic alliance, "Aktion Aufschrei - Stops the Arms Trade!" The campaign includes over 100 organisations in the sponsoring circle and in the action alliance.
The letter begins, "We welcome the cessation of all arms exports to Saudi Arabia, which you supported, as a long overdue step. However, we deeply regret that the serious human rights violations in Saudi Arabia as well as the long lasting suffering of the civilian population in the Yemen war in the reasoning of this decision is in the background."
The letter ends by asking Chancellor Merkel to:
- Stop all German armaments exports to Saudi Arabia and the other states involved in the Yemen war completely and indefinitely
- Advocate that this cessation of arms exports cannot be circumvented by subsidiaries, joint ventures, or component shipments
- Support the clarification of Article 26 (2) of the Basic Law and the creation of an arms export control law, so that war weapons and other armaments from Germany may no longer be exported.