Focus of the campaign
The Outcry Campaign: Stop the arms trade! Giving the victims a voice and identifying the aggressors, is a long-term initiative and has the following focal points:
- 2011 – giving the victims a voice
- 2012 – indentifying the aggressors
- 2013 – using the national elections in Germany in order to enshrine the prohibition of arms exports in the German Constitution
- 2014 - the outcry is continued starting with presentation of 95227 signatures to the parliament
In order to give the victims a voice, there will be a number of presentations - so called witness trips - with people talking about their own experience, sharing what weapons from German (licence) production are able to cause in states where human rights violations occur. Go to events (Veranstaltungstermine) to find out more about the presentations and other events scheduled.
In our events at relevant sites involved in arms production and delivery, we will make public where weapons are produced, who runs and owns the companies and who are the beneficiaries of the arms trade. We will inform you about the role of the German Federal Security Council (Bundessicherheitsrat) and which politicians are part of it. We will also name the countless lobbyists with their organisations and individuals from the world of politics, economics and culture who support them. Go to Information + facts to access all the relevant facts.
The collection of signatures ended in February 2014. More than 95000 persons sign the claim to clarify article 26(2) of the German Constitution: Weapons and military equipment are generally not exported. The arms export law regulates the details.
The signatures were given to the parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) in combination with the so called Aktionstag (day of action) at 26th of February; see the report and photographs here (unforturnately in German).
You can read the claim to clarify at Join.