German Tanks for Indonesia?

FBN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Indonesia this week and met with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) regarding political ties between Indonesia and Germany. According to President Yudhoyono the acquisition of 100 german combat tanks type Leopard to upgrade the Indonesian military was one of the discussion points.
The planned deal now, as an earlier one in 1993 when Germany sold 39 warships to Indonesia, comes under protest of human rights groups in and outside Indonesia.

Nearly 20 years later, history repeats itself:
SBY declared the military gear as outdated and the need to upgrade it.
SBY purported that he would not "use them against his own people".
With regard to this statement the FBN would like to remind of the brutal closure at the third Papua congress in October 2011, where several Papuans were killed, injured or arrested.
During this deployment armoured vehicles were used by the Indonesian military. The warships bought from Germany in 1993 were used for troop transports related to the massacres of the East Timor conflict.

The Parliament of the Netherlands had already refused the disposal of warships or other military equipment to Indonesia after the strong protests by many dutch lawmakers.
Ulrich Delius, Referent from the society for threatened peoples, warns: “Joint arms control turns into a Farce when the Netherlands refused the export of Tanks because of the human rights situation and Germany have no Problems with that.”
And Christina Hoffmann from Pax Christi points out that it would be fatal if Germany would undermine the wise and right decision of the Netherlands.

We urge the German government to cancel any current and future arms deals to Indonesia given the ongoing human rights violations in West Papua.

The purchase in 1993 had consequences for the freedom of the press: Newspapers who deplored about the acquisition were closed by the former dictator Suharto and were not allowed to publish any more and demonstrators were arrested.

By now Merkel did not respond to the criticism. The German Federal Security Council, who convenes secretly, will present its decisions about arms deals not until the end of the year.