In October PILP-NJCM initiated, together with PAX, Stop Arms Trade and NJCM, summary proceedings against the Dutch State to stop arms trade to Egypt. According to the NGOs, the seriousness of the human rights situation in the country and the role of the Egyptian armed forces therein, should be reason enough not to export weapons to Egypt, at least for the time being.
On November 23, 2021, the Court ruled on the case, stating that, although the human rights situation in Egypt is worrying, the State could still decide to grant export licenses. See our press release about the ruling here.
Although the organisations are pleased that the Court has examined the contents of the case, they believe that the Court should have come to a different conclusion: namely, that export to Egypt is not allowed under the current circumstances. Therefore, on December 20, 2021, they filed an appeal against the Court’s ruling. Read our notice of appeal here (in Dutch).
Read more about arms exports and human rights here.