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2016 sees more EU border militarisation, arms industry profits from refugee tragedy

The European Union’s investment in border security measures boomed in 2016, a new report reveals, with prominent arms and security firms being the main beneficiaries. The militarisation of EU’s borders has however come at a terrible human cost, with the highest ever recorded yearly death toll of over 4700 known deaths in the Mediterranean sea, as refugees are forced to resort to ever more dangerous routes to enter Europe. lees meer »

Press Release: Organisations dispute arms export license for Egypt in court

Amsterdam/Utrecht, 6 July 2016 – Today the Dutch Section of the International Commission of Jurists (NJCM) and the peace organisations PAX and Stop Wapenhandel have appealed against the Dutch government’s decision to grant an arms export license . According to these organisations, the license should not have been granted The government has not, or insufficiently, taken human rights and the Egyptian involvement in the Yemen war into consideration. This is the first time an organisation has disputed an arms export license in this legal manner. lees meer »

The European arms dealers profiting from the refugee crisis

Press release Amsterdam, 4 July 2016 -  The European arms industry, involved in selling arms to the Middle East, is the same one now profiting from militarising EU’s borders, reveals a new report researched by the Dutch NGO Stop Wapenhandel and published by Transnational Institute. lees meer »

Help refugees, stop arms trade!

In 2015 global military spending has reached $1700 billion, which is good news for the arms industry. At the same time, 60 million people are made refugees as a consequence of conflict and violence. While arms companies are increasing their profits and shareholder value, weapons from Europe cause a lot of despair. The Netherlands is the home base of arms producer Airbus, the 7th largest global arms producer and second of Europe. Recently Airbus Typhoon fighter jets are bombing targets in Syria and Iraq. lees meer »

EU Foreign Ministers must take serious action against Saudi Arabia in view of the alarming situation in Yemen

2016-02-03, PRESS RELEASE: EU Foreign Ministers must take serious action against Saudi Arabia in view of the alarming situation in Yemen, according to ENAAT members Brussels/Stuttgard/London/Barcelona/Zürich/Bratislava/Paris/Brno/Helsinki/Rome/Amsterdam /Antwerp 11 peace organisations from the European Network Against Arms Trade (ENAAT), call on the EU ministers to suspend arms sells and consider an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia. lees meer »

European Parliament Joint Motion for a Resolution on the humanitarian situation in Yemen (2016/2515(RSP))

15 February 2016 - European Parliament Joint Motion for a Resolution on the humanitarian situation in Yemen (2016/2515(RSP)) To the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament, To Members of the European Parliament, The undersigned organisations welcome the positive stand taken by the European Parliament on the humanitarian situation in Yemen, and in particular its Joint Motion for a Resolution (JMR) (1) and the related amendment (2) scheduled for plenary vote on 25 February. lees meer »

Seminar stopping the War Business - Talking tactics and linking methods

16-17 october 2015 - Seoul South Korea - Disrupting war profiteering takes a whole range of activities, from research, lobbying and legal challenges to mobilisation, direct action and creative campaigning techniques. Stop Wapenhandel will give a workshop on Finding facts and figures for campaigning against arms trade. lees meer »

ENAAT meeting in Oslo, 6 June – 8 June 2014

The European Network Against Arms Trade (ENAAT) is a network that involves groups and individuals who see the arms trade as a threat to peace, security and development. Activities vary from campaigning against the financing of arms exports by governments, banks and pension funds to lobbying for stricter export control rules. lees meer »

European Elections: What are politicians really doing on crucial issues?

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH EUROPE, VREDESACTIE, CAMPAGNE TEGEN WAPENHANDEL Tuesday, 6 May, 2014 European Elections: What are politicians really doing on crucial issues? New website tracks votes on shale gas, GMOs, climate, arms trade and militarisation lees meer »

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