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Afghanistan: Former Aegis Defense Services workers say inadequate labour practices & training left US embassy in Kabul vulnerable to attack

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Company response
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 information available on the public record where it is clear Aegis’ client is satisfied that there is no case to answer on any matter raised in the POGO report. Certain of the specific allegations made by former Aegis employees are subject to court action in the US which Aegis believes is without merit and is vigorously defending. Aegis takes its responsibilities towards upholding human rights very seriously...Aegis was actively involved in the development and signature of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers...

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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), current and former guards said a variety of shortcomings, from inadequate weapons training to an overextended guard force, have compromised security there...provided...with Aegis Defense Services...[A]bout a dozen current or former ERT personnel...said they have been worried about the state of security at the embassy. They requested anonymity to avoid retaliation or career setbacks...One of the biggest problems, guards say, is that their team has been stretched dangerously thin by long hours for days on end and too few people to do the job. [refers to ArmorGroup (part of G4S)] [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Aegis Defence Services to respond. Aegis Defence Services response provided below]

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