Kick-off event on 03.06.2022 at Hamburger Rathausmarkt | Presentation of the Tribunal and discussion with members of the Jury | Music: Ashraf Sharif Khan, Dieter Dehm and the Invisible Swans
WHAT IS THE HAMBURG TRIBUNAL ABOUT?
The Hamburg Tribunal gives a voice to those affected.
Using concrete examples of war crimes and human rights violations from northern Syria (Rojava), Mexico and Colombia, Yemen and Africa, global impacts of arms shipments through Hamburg are made clearly visible and negotiated in the Tribunal.
Currently, we see the devastating effects of war "on our doorstep" and follow the images of suffering and death on a daily basis.
In contrast, the consequences of wars and armed conflicts are hardly in the public focus. The wars in Syria, Yemen, as well as armed conflicts in Africa or South America were and are hardly noticed. We do not yet know how the Ukraine war will develop, but due to careful research we know what has happened in other wars and conflict regions, which rights have been violated and which mechanisms fuel violence and who profits from it.
We organize several events and educational offers to discuss and inform about these issues.
The port of Hamburg is one of the largest hubs for arms exports worldwide. Already from 2013 to 2018, armoured combat vehicles, warships and other armaments worth more than 2.5 billion euros went through the Port of Hamburg to the world, and since then arms exports have steadily increased. Which wars and conflicts have they served?
We want Hamburg - as defined in the Hamburg constitution as well - to act as a "mediator of peace" and contribute to the worldwide observance of human rights and international law. In the course of the tribunal, responsibility for arms production, arms transports and the devastating consequences of the use of weapons will be named. In addition, proposals will be developed on how legal control and international law can be strengthened and conflict healing pursued, as well as how the right to peace can be enforced in the long term.
Responsible for the coordination of the Hamburg Tribunal:
Association for Peace Culture and Peace Education
Friedenskultur und Friedensbildung e. V.
The purpose of the association is the promotion of peace culture and peace education in the sense of the resolutions and agreements listed below. To this end, the association educates the public about the possibilities of peace culture and peace education. To this end, the association promotes appropriate events, artistic actions, publications and also carries these out itself within the scope of its possibilities. In this way, the association promotes a living democracy and a strong civil society that participates in the formation of political will and also the general public in the sense of the tax code.
In its activities in relation to the purpose of the statutes, the association refers, among other things, to the United Nations and other institutions mentioned below, their decisions, resolutions and treaties.
It is also the purpose of the association to form networks in the sense of its objectives and to be active in such networks. Through its activities, the association promotes a living democracy and a strong civil society that participates in the formation of political will. The association thereby promotes the general public in the sense of the tax code, in particular
• civic engagement in favour of the non-profit purpose of peace culture and peace education
• political and aesthetic education.
The purpose of the association is realised in particular by:
• Research and provision of information and publications (print + digital, also in the area of social media) for the promotion of peace culture and peace education in the sense of international understanding.
• Cooperation at national and international level with peace-active individuals, groups, citizens' initiatives, campaigns and organisations in the sense of the purpose of the association;
• organising public information, art and cultural events, meetings and gatherings, campaigns on these topics;
• Influencing the social and legal framework conditions for the promotion of peace culture and peace education in the sense of the purpose of the association.
The association is party-politically neutral and does not support any political parties.