PARIS – Paris Francophone Institute for freedoms (PFIF) condemned Germany’s decision to supply arms to Saudi Arabia worth 254 million euros, despite widespread international criticism of Riyadh and its alleged war crimes in Yemen for more than three years.
PFIF, an international human rights organization, criticized in a press release the German government’s announcement that it had also agreed since March to supply weapons to the other eight countries of the Saudi-led coalition in the war in Yemen worth 21.8 million euros.
According to the declaration of the German government, it issued 87 permits to export weapons to countries participating in the Saudi alliance during the period from 14 March to 23 September last.
According to the German government declaration, it issued 87 permits to export weapons to countries participating in the Saudi alliance during the period from 14 March to 23 September last.
The International Institute of Human Rights said that Berlin’s continued supply of arms to Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Yemeni war is a disgrace to its government and makes it a complicit party in crimes against civilians in Yemen.
It stressed that Germany’s policies of ongoing military treatment with countries accused by UN commissions of inquiry of war crimes constitute a stigma and a violation of the international consensus against the crimes of the coalition led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen and demands to prevent the export of arms to Riyadh because of its involvement in internal and external violations.
PFIF denounced the negligence of moral and legal responsibility of the German government for half of the civilian victims in Yemen, placing its economic interests with Saudi Arabia as a priority, and ignoring the killings committed in Yemen.
PFIF stressed that any economic considerations for Germany or other countries should not be a cover for direct or indirect participation in war crimes committed in Yemen because of the military intervention of the Saudi-led coalition, calling on Berlin to stop any military cooperation with Saudi Arabia and its allies immediately.
Yemen has witnessed a war between Houthi rebels and pro-government forces since 2014, with Saudi intervention at the head of the military alliance in March 2015. Since then, more than 10,000 people have been killed and the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations.