▷ Misereor condemns “pandemic” of excessive arms deals

06.12.2021 – 01:00

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Misereor condemns “pandemic” of excessive arms deals

Church aid organizations appalled by the latest Sipri report – “The new federal government must get serious about export controls and disarmament”

Osnabrück. In view of the latest report by the Stockholm peace research institute Sipri on increasing sales in the armaments industry, church aid organizations in Germany are appalled. “The new Sipri figures prove once again that the countries of this world set wrong priorities in times of crisis. These arms deals and exports are also a kind of global pandemic,” said Pirmin Spiegel, chief executive of the Catholic aid organization Misereor, in an interview with the “newcomer” Osnabrücker Zeitung “(NOZ).

Spiegel emphasized: “The global community is challenged by the corona pandemic like rarely, and for many people it means the loss of their livelihoods. At the same time, the arms industry is booming, and German manufacturers are doing good business at the expense of people in conflict regions and at the expense of numerous victims of violence. ” The new federal government must now “get serious about its announcements on export controls and disarmament”.

According to Sipri, the world’s 100 largest arms companies sold arms and military services worth $ 531 billion in 2020. This means that sales in the Corona year increased by 1.3 percent compared to 2019.

It is difficult to understand that in large parts of the world state armaments expenditure rose at a time when the world economy had shrunk by 3.1 percent, said the president of the evangelical aid organization “Bread for the World”, Dagmar Pruin, who ” New Osnabrück Newspaper “. It is “a sad result at a time when state institutions should primarily fight against poverty and hunger and for the health of their citizens”. Pruin told the NOZ further: “It is bitter that international arms deals are flourishing while wars and conflicts are driving millions of people to flight.”

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