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5 March 2013

Time to Put Private Security Contractors Under the Gun

Author: Amol Mehra (International Corporate Accountability Roundtable) for Huffington Post [USA]

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Blue Mountain Group to respond. Blue Mountain Group said they have no comment; previous Aegis Defense Services response provided below] On the night of the attack [on US consulate in Benghazi, Libya]...

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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. The...

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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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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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10 November 2010

[PDF] MERCENARIES, MERCENARISM AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Author: Melik Özden, CETIM's Human Rights Programme, Permanent representative to the U.N.

The aim of this Report is to analyse the problems posed by mercenarism. We also describe the measures already taken or proposed, in particular within the United Nations, to stamp out this phenomenon which has a detrimental impact on the enjoyment of...

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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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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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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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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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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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