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Actie op DX Korea wapenbeurs

27-11-2020 Activisten van de Zuid-Koreaanse organisatie World Without War hebben actie gevoerd op de wapenbeurs DX Korea. De groep kwam de wapenbeurs binnen, gekleed als Magere Heinen en toonden met borden en beelden de impact van de wereldwijde wapenhandel.

 

De actievoerders richtten zich in het bijzonder op bedrijven betrokken bij de oorlog in Jemen, het conflict tussen Azerbeidzjan en ArmeniŽ en de schendingen van de mensenrechten in West-Papoea.

The Korea Defense Industry Exhibition - or DX Korea - is hosted by the Korea Army Association and KOTRA, and sponsored by 15 organizations including the Ministry of Defense and Defense Acquisition Agency, aims to encourage exports for the defence industry. According to World Without War the event allows arms dealers to "actively exchange and sign arms export contracts". South Korea is ranked 8th in the world in terms of arms exports, and Korean weapons are being witnessed in conflict areas and human rights violations around the world:

* The group has identified traces of Korean-made fragmentary grenades and anti-tank guided missiles in various battles and air raids in Yemen,
* an anti-tank guided weapon called "Hyeongung", developed by Korean companies Hanwha and LIG Nex1 has been spotted being used in the Armenia-Azerbaijan war,
* water cannon and armoured vehicles produced by Daeji Precision Industries have been used by the Indonesian security forces to oppress the nonviolent movement in West Papua

Bron: WRI