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16 January 2008

Human Rights First report says failure to hold private security contractors accountable for abuses has created a “culture of impunity"

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16 January 2008

Report: US fails at enforcing prosecution of contractors

Author: Elana Schor, Guardian [UK]

The US government has the legal authority to prosecute private contractors for crimes they commit in Iraq but often declines to use it, according to a report released today by…Human Rights First…The behaviour of contractors for Blackwater and other...

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16 January 2008

[PDF] full report: "Private Security Contractors at War: Ending the Culture of Impunity"

Author: Human Rights First

This report examines the dramatically expanded role of private security contractors (PSCs) in Iraq and Afghanistan. It describes the failure of the U.S. government to effectively control their actions, and in particular the inability or unwillingness...

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6 December 2007

Boom times ahead for dogs of war

Author: Julian Joyce, BBC

The British Association of Private Security Companies (BAPSC) was gathering for its annual conference in London..."to raise the standards of operation of its members and this emergent industry". Outside in the drizzle stood a small band of protesters...

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2 October 2007

Letter to US Rep. David Price (D-NC) in Support of Accountability for US Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan

Author: Human Rights Watch & Human Rights First

We write to express our strong support for your proposed legislation, H.R. 2740, the MEJA Expansion and Enforcement Act of 2007. This bill would address a serious gap in accountability and oversight of criminal misconduct by private security...

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1 September 2007

Iraq - Blackwater incident, 16 Sep 2007

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

On 16 Sep 2007, Blackwater personnel guarding a US diplomatic convoy in Western Baghdad opened fire. The company and the US Government claim the convoy had been attacked but other accounts stated Blackwater's gunfire was unprovoked. According to...

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1 September 2007

[DOC] Do Private Security Companies Have a Role in Ensuring the Security of Local Populations and Aid Workers?

Author: Jean S. Renouf, Coordinator of the European Interagency Security Forum

Within the framework of the debates regarding the concept of protection, this paper examines whether private security companies have a role to play in ensuring the physical security of local populations and whether they can improve the security...

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1 August 2007

A very private war

Author: Jeremy Scahill, in Guardian [UK]

There are 48,000 'security contractors' in Iraq…In another incident…an off-duty Blackwater operative is alleged to have shot and killed an Iraqi bodyguard of the Shia vice-president…Blackwater officials confirm that after the incident they whisked the...

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3 June 2007

British security companies operating in Iraq - concerns about accountability

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3 June 2007

The security industry: Britain's private army in Iraq

Author: Andrew Johnson, Marie Woolf and Raymond Whitaker, Independent [UK]

...as we grow more reliant on [foreign security guards working in Iraq], their future is perilous in a country without rules...[T]he abduction [of four British security guards] has cast light on the way Iraq's bloody chaos has given birth to an entire...

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