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Peace activists protest at EU workshop for arms dealers

Activists spill red paint outside the doors of the European Defence AgencyActivists spill red paint outside the doors of the European Defence Agency

ENAAT campaign against EU subsidies for the arms industry

In the draft EU 2017 Budget presented on June 30th, the European Commission proposed to start funding the military research industry with EU public money through a Preparatory action on Defence research (PA) of 90 million EURO for 3 years (2017-2019). This proposal crossed the traditional red line that EU budget should only finance civil activities and purposes.

European activists lobby European Parliament for arms Saudi arms embargo

The European Parliament has voted in support of an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia. The European Network Against the Arms Trade (ENAAT) were part of efforts to lobby Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to impose the European-wide arms embargo. The lobbying action included groups from Germany, UK, Spain, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

European parliament votes for arms embargo against Saudi Arabia

A destroyed house in Yemen. Photo: wikipediaA destroyed house in Yemen. Photo: wikipedia

The European Parliament has voted in support of an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia. The European Network Against the Arms Trade (ENAAT) were part of efforts to lobby Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to impose the European-wide arms embargo. The lobbying action included groups from Germany, UK, Spain, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Groups from across Europe tweeted and emailed MEP's using the #StopArmingSaudiArabia hashtag, and the vote was passed on the 25th February, despite being heavily opposed by diplomats from Saudi Arabia, who met with and wrote to MEPs before the vote.

New report: Conscientious Objection to military service in Europe 2015

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection's annual report gives an overview of conscientious objection in Europe this year. Read it here.

Foreword by Friedhelm Schneider, EBCO President

In September 2014 Heiner Bielefeldt, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, speaking at a side event to the Human Rights Council, observed: “Conscientious objection to military service is a specific issue, but not a side issue!”. One year on, in October 2015, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection, for the first time launches its Annual Report “Conscientious objection to military service in Europe 2015” in Geneva, immediately before the Session of the UN Human Rights Committee which will deal with the reports of Greece and the Republic of Korea - two states in which the right of conscientious objection to military service continues flagrantly to be violated.

Le marché des frontières militarisées dans l'Union européenne

Theodore Baird1

Selon certain.e.s universitaires, journalistes et militant.e.s, nous pourrions être, en Europe, témoins d'un développement qui rappelle le complexe militaro-industriel de la Guerre froide : le complexe industriel axé sur la sécurité aux frontières. Celui-ci réfère aux relations entre les armées, les forces de sécurité et l'industrie privée au sein d'un marché global de la conception et de la mise en place des technologies de sécurisation des frontières. Les acteurs principaux en sont les gouvernements, les fournisseurs de technologies sécuritaires et les forces de sécurité qui réclament l'usage des nouvelles technologies pour contrôler et gérer les frontières des États.

L'Europe est en guerre contre un ennemi imaginaire

Stephanie Demblon

L'Europe est en guerre contre un ennemi imaginaire ». Voilà le slogan de campagne de Frontexit concernant le respect des droits des migrants aux frontières de l'Union Européenne (UE). Habituellement adressé sous un angle humanitaire (négligence envers les droits de l'homme fondamentaux) ou un angle politique (gestion et distribution des flux de migration), le sujet est rarement rattaché au marché européen. Et pourtant…

Arming the European Union?

By Wendela de Vries

“Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.”

Last year, the powerful DG Trade and Enterprise of the European Commission published a study on the European arms industry. The 'strategy for a stronger and more competitive European defence industry' stresses the need for a strong European arms industry, not only to provide security but first and foremost because the Commission considers the arms industry a great technological innovator and employment generator. According to the Commission, military research should be stimulated with EU money, and export regulation (“unnecessary red tape”) should be kept to a minimum. There was even the proposal to use the Commission as 'launching costumer' for new military products. When reading this Communication one can only conclude that the lobby of the European defence industry – by organisations like AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe - has been very effective.

WRI signs ENAAT statement: European Union must end its military support for Israel

http://www.enaat.org/news/IsraelGaza.shtml

As the conflict in the Gaza Strip continues to escalate, and the body count continues to increase, the European Network Against Arms Trade (ENAAT) has called for an immediate end to all European military support for Israel and for the EU to declare a comprehensive arms embargo on all parties in conflict. Pending such an embargo, all EU states must immediately suspend all transfers of military equipment, assistance and ammunitions to the parties in conflict.

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