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4 Sep 2008

Annabel Short, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[DOC] Presentation to the 4th session of the UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries, New York, 4 September 2008

The human rights challenges posed by the increasing privatization of security are immense. Yet in some respects the space for addressing these challenges is opening up. High-profile incidents such as the 16 September 2007 killings involving Blackwater at Nisour Square in Baghdad have put a spotlight on the accountability gap. And never before have so many groups and institutions paid attention to this subject (either directly or within a broader context)...[also refers to KBR, GEO, Teleservice, Endiama, ITM Mining, Lazare Kaplan, Risks Incorporated, Jewels Star, Madrid Metro]