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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...

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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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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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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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18 February 2008

Miliband challenged on mercenaries abuse [UK]

Author: War on Want

Foreign secretary David Miliband…faces a legal challenge over his failure to ensure democratic control over private military companies...The challenge, from...War on Want, follows mounting reports of human rights abuse by mercenaries employed by...

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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...

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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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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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