The Campagne tegen Wapenhandel (Campaign against Arms Trade) is a small, politically independent organisation founded in Amsterdam in 1998 to address one of the root causes of war: arms production and arms trade.
The core of our work is researched-based campaigning. We discover and publish facts and figures about arms trade and arms industry.
We campaign against arms export to poor countries, undemocratic regimes and countries in conflict areas.
We oppose public funding of arms trade and arms production. We work both on the Dutch as on the European level and network with media, peace and solidarity activists, likeminded NGO’s and politicians.

Legal form
Non-profit organization

– Campagne tegen Wapenhandel aims for a strict intepretation of the EU Common Position on the Export of Military Goods and technology.
– Campagne tegen Wapenhandel wants to end financial support to arms trade and arms production by Export Credit Agencies, governments and EU funds, banks and pension funds.
– Campagne tegen Wapenhandel wants to counter the influence of arms industry lobbyists on the political agenda in Europe and its Member States.

Main Activities

– Research & publication
– Lobby
– Campaign
– Public action


Being specialized in research and campaigning on arms trade for many years, Campagne tegen Wapenhandel is a major source of information for journalists, activists, politicians and NGO’s. It has a huge international network and is publishing reports and articles in Dutch and other languages on various issues concerning arms trade and arms production, legislation and policy.