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18 February 2008

Miliband urged to regulate private military [UK]

Author: Richard Norton-Taylor, Guardian [UK]

David Miliband, the foreign secretary,…faces a legal challenge over the government's failure to introduce a law to regulate private military and security companies. The move, by lawyers acting for the charity War on Want, follows a…number of reports of...

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15 March 2008
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Author: Terra Actualidad - EFE

[E]l Gobierno británico está bajo presión para regular la actividad de los mercenarios de empresas de seguridad privadas que operan en zonas de conflicto…La ONG 'War on want', dedicada a luchar contra la pobreza y la injusticia derivadas de la...

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1 December 2008

[PDF] Code of Conduct: Tool for Self-Regulation for Private Military and Security Companies

Author: Nils Rosemann, published by Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)

This study aims to illustrate patterns of behavioural rules derived from corporate obligations, and to deduce from these a draft Code of Conduct (CoC) for Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs). The purpose of a Code of Conduct for [PMSCs] is...

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11 August 2009

Iraq: ArmorGroup guard to face trial after admitting killing 2 colleagues - first private security guard on trial in Iraq since immunity

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15 August 2009

Security industry to review vetting after report on murder suspect

Author: Terri Judd and Tom Peck, The Independent [UK]

The private security industry regulator has promised to tighten vetting practices after The Independent revealed that the man accused of shooting dead two fellow security contractors in Iraq had a long history of psychiatric illness, was awaiting trial...

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1 September 2009

Steroids, drink and paranoia: the murky world of the private security contractor

Author: Terri Judd, The Independent [UK]

Paranoid, competitive and fuelled by guns, alcohol and steroids. That is how one senior contractor in Baghdad describes the private security industry operating in the city's Green Zone. It was the world to which Danny Fitzsimons, a 29-year-old former...

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16 September 2009

[PDF] "The public cost of private security in Afghanistan"

Author: Centre on International Cooperation

The absence of effective oversight of the private security sector in Afghanistan undermines the credibility and safety of the Afghan government and the international stabilization effort... To date, regulation of PSCs in Afghanistan has been more...

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19 May 2010

[PDF] Private Security Companies and Local Populations: An Exploratory Study of Afghanistan and Angola

Author: Ulrike Joras and Adrian Schuster (eds.), Swisspeace

This paper looks at how local populations perceive Private Security Companies (PSCs) and what the impact of their activities may be on peoples’ every day lives, examining the two country cases, Afghanistan and Angola...The study suggests that PSCs...

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20 October 2010

Security Firms Plan Code in Bid for Self-Regulation

Author: Nathan Hodge, Wall Street Journal

More than 20 private security firms are expected to sign an international code of conduct next month, as the controversial, fast-growing industry responds to a series of damaging setbacks. Companies that sign on to the industry-led effort at a Nov. 9...

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24 October 2010

Use of Contractors Added to War’s Chaos in Iraq

Author: James Glanz and Andrew W Lehren, New York Times

Even now — with many contractors discredited for unjustified shootings and a lack of accountability amply described in the documents [300,000 classified military documents made public by WikiLeaks] — the [US] military cannot do without them. There are...

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