Saudi Arabia is “one of the worse despotic regimes in the Arab world, which regularly violates human rights and represses democratic movements”, said Hans Christian Stroebele, Green party member of the national parliament, or Bundestag, and member of its foreign affairs committee.
In addition, Stroebele said, “Saudi Arabia is the protector of other similar regimes in the Arab world, and helps to obliterate democratic movements in the region, as it did in Bahrain some weeks ago.” There is no question, Stroebele added, that according to German law the export of weapons to Saudi Arabia cannot be allowed.
Several German laws ban the export of weapons to such regimes. Article 6 of the “control of weapons of war act” says that export is to be forbidden if there is a “risk that the weapons would be used in an operation to disturb peace” and if it “would violate the (German government's) obligations according to international law”. Another German guideline forbids the export of weapons to “regions facing military crisis” or to “despotic regimes”.