Almost 60 private security firms sign intl. code of conduct on human rights

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11 November 2010

Private security companies sign code of conduct

Author: Frank Jordans, Associated Press

Major private security companies signed a code of conduct...pledging to respect human rights...The voluntary code developed by industry and governments was signed by 58 companies including Britain's G4S and U.S.-based DynCorp International and Xe Services _ formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide...The new code requires companies to ensure their employees "take all necessary steps to avoid the use of force" and forbids mistreatment of detainees, sexual exploitation and forced labor...Companies who fail to live up to the code may find themselves in breach of their commercial contracts...The British government will require all contractors it hires to sign the code, according to Foreign Office diplomat, David Hunt. Washington is considering whether to do the same, Koh said, but added that "we fully recognize it is not and cannot be a substitute for effective accountability under the law."

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10 November 2010

ISOA Applauds the Signing of a Landmark Code of Conduct

Author: International Stability Operations Association (ISOA)

The International Stability Operations Association (“ISOA”), a trade association that promotes high operational and ethical standards among its membership including more than twenty private security firms, today strongly endorsed the first-ever International Code of Conduct to ensure better transparency and accountability within the stability operations industry. The code was signed earlier today in Geneva, Switzerland, by more than fifty private security companies, including many ISOA Member companies. Among the speakers at the event were [Triple Canopy, G4S]. In particular, this voluntary Code of Conduct highlights private security contractors’ commitment to respecting human rights and the rule of law in conflict zones...

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Author: Stéphane Bussard, Le Temps

[U]ne soixantaine d’entreprises de sécurité privées ont signé un Code international de bonne conduite. Une manière de prévenir les dérapages qui ont eu lieu en Afghanistan ou en Irak où les milices privées abondent...Parmi les signataires du document, la plus grande entreprise de sécurité privée du monde, G4S...Xe Services, ex-Blackwater...Le document interdit l’utilisation d’armes à feu contre des personnes sauf dans les cas explicites d’autodéfense...Contrairement à d’autres codes de conduite, celui...est très précis dans les violations des droits de l’homme qu’il interdit. « Le document est centré sur les droits de l’homme et moins sur le droit international humanitaire, ajoute Andrew Clapham... »...Le Code de bonne conduite s’est fortement inspiré du Document de Montreux...

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9 November 2010

Security firms sign code of conduct

Author: Swissinfo.ch

Almost 60 private security companies have signed an international code of conduct in Geneva, pledging to respect human rights and humanitarian law in their operations. The initiative for the code, which is the first of its kind, was launched jointly by Switzerland and industry associations with the support of main governmental clients, humanitarian organisations and civil society. It took 14 months to create.

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