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18 February 2013

Switzerland Checks Mercenaries, Partially

Author: Ray Smith, Inter Press Service (IPS)

Swiss Justice Minster...announced a national “ban on mercenary companies”...She said Switzerland would no longer serve as a base for activities that violate human rights. But what was announced as a ‘ban’ turned out to be an ineffectual regulation....

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11 February 2013

Aegis Defence Services’ response re inadequate labour practices in US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan

Author: Aegis Defence Services

“The POGO report referenced refers to a contract undertaken by our US affiliate (Aegis Defense Services LLC) in Afghanistan. The terms of this contract...mean that the company is unable to make any public comment , but we draw your attention to the...

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24 January 2013
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Author: Yves Petignat, Le Temps [Suisse]

Le Conseil fédéral [suisse] veut interdire la participation d’entreprises de sécurité à des hostilités dans le cadre d’un conflit armé à l’étranger, et soumettre à autorisation des prestations de sécurité, garde d’immeuble, assistance logistique,...

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23 January 2013

Mercenary companies to face ban [Switzerland]

Author: Urs Geiser, swissinfo.ch

The cabinet wants to outlaw private security firms whose activities take them to war zones, saying they undermine Switzerland’s traditional neutrality and its foreign policy aims, including the respect of humanitarian law. If they are based in...

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18 January 2013

Alloa private soldier sues his employers for £1.7m over a slipped disk [UK]

Author: BBC News

Former soldier...Joseph Davidson...is seeking £1.7m in damages from Aegis Defence Services. The High Court in London was told Mr Davidson had to train in full kit while carrying a colleague and equipment weighing 350lbs. His lawyers said the exercise...

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17 January 2013

A ''Mutiny'' in Kabul: Guards Allege Security Problems Have Put Embassy at Risk [Afghanistan]

Author: Adam Zagorin, Project On Government Oversight (POGO)

Private guards responsible for protecting...the [US] embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan...say security weaknesses have left it dangerously vulnerable to attack. In interviews and written communications with the Project On Government Oversight (POGO),...

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7 November 2011

Swiss Campaign for Corporate Justice

Author: Alliance Sud

More than 50 Swiss organizations launched a campaign for Corporate Justice in early November. They are calling on the government and parliament for binding rules to ensure that companies headquartered in Switzerland observe human rights and...

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12 October 2011

Swiss government proposes ban on mercenary firms

Author: Frederic Merat, Associated Press

Switzerland wants to banish mercenary firms and tighten the rules for private security companies based in the country in a bid to safeguard its tradition of neutrality, the government said...A draft bill submitted to parliament would ban Swiss-based...

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1 March 2011
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Author: José L. Gómez del Prado y Helena Torroja Mateu

La proliferación de empresas militares y de seguridad privadas (EMSP)...es un fenómeno contemporáneo alarmante...Estas empresas se han convertido en el brazo armado de algunos Estados, de beligerantes y otros entes no estatales que actúan con total...

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1 January 2011

[PDF] UN Use of Private Military and Security Companies: Practices and Policies

Author: Åse Gilje Østensen, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)

[M]ost analysts and commentators acknowledge that several members of the UN family contract PMSCs on a more or less regular basis. Similarly, the practice of UN humanitarian organisations buying services from PMSCs is also well known among observers.....

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