It is rarely something big theme in politics, but Norway is a major producer and exporter of weapons and other defence equipment. According to the government's own figures came exports in 2016 up in 4.8 billion and it is estimated that it will increase to over six billion in 2017. Norway both produces and exports the weapons is in itself not negative or culpable. We have a military defense, and then it is a natural consequence that we have an industry that can deliver defence materiel. As a small country, it is also necessary to export in order to secure supply, technological development and a sustainable economy.
This is the broad political agreed. But then separated roads. With the exception of the progress party Youth, has all ungdomspartier urged to halt in the export of weapons and other defence materiel to countries that clearly violate human rights. Most moderpartiene is far more forbeholdne, and this antagonism is the last time become more visible. The background for it is the export of around one billion to the dictatorship Oman and deliveries of materials to warring countries such as Saudi Arabia and The united arab emirates. Now exports to some countries in the middle East tightened, but not the interpretation of the regulations for the export of defence materiel.
On paper, Norway has a strictly and transparent regulations. Norway must not sell weapons or ammunition to countries where there is war, where war is threatening, or where there is civil war. It should also be considered whether the mottakslandet have respect for the democratic dishes and human rights. These provisions are now become as elastic as a rubber band. As the organization Changemaker has pointed out, is the Norwegian arms industry has become more dependent on selling its products to authoritarian regimes which constantly violates human rights. When it comes to the ban on export to areas where there is war or civil war, practiced it with a big exception. According to the government's own description has the practice been that "states intervene after the consent of a country's legal authorities" are not covered by the ban.
The ongoing uthulingen of the rules for arms exports confirms how Norway has become a cynical dobbelmoralist in questions of war and peace. Outwardly, like Norway, to appear as a fredsnasjon. On the back of the store we enter into lucrative contracts with the warring dictatorships. This position is not durable.