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1 December 2004

[PDF] The Privatization of Human Rights Violations – Business Impunity or Corporate Responsibility? The case of human rights abuses and torture in Iraq

Author: Nils Rosemann, in Nebula

...interrogations by private military and security corporations are just the tip of the iceberg...there are about 20,000 private security contractors in Iraq, including Americans, Iraqis and other foreigners. [refers to DynCorp (part of Computer...

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31 December 2004
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Author: Gilles Carbonnier, Conseiller économique et coordinateur des relations avec l’économie privée au Comité international de la Croix-Rouge, Revue Internationale de la Croix-Rouge

La privatisation de nombreuses activités considérées jusqu’alors du seul ressort des États suscite de vifs débats: privatisation de la guerre, compagnies militaires privées cotées en bourse, privatisation des services publics [fait référence à Freeport...

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10 January 2005

Analysis: Iraq contractor suit opens doors

Author: Shaun Waterman, United Press International

The families of four defense contractors killed last year in Iraq are suing [in USA] their employer, claiming the company [Blackwater Security Consulting], in an effort to increase profits, did not provide them with armored vehicles and other...

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10 February 2005

Private armies march into a legal vacuum

Author: Thomas Catan, Financial Times

...a handful of legal cases in the US are beginning to define the legal boundaries under which [private military] companies can operate...Although they differ in their specifics, the cases are "all about figuring out the limits of accountability in...

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27 October 2005

U.S. Tightens Rules for Contractors in Combat Zones

Author: Tony Capaccio, Bloomberg

The Pentagon has tightened the rules for its contractors in combat zones to increase their security, improve coordination with the U.S. military and guard against abuses such as those that occurred at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq...Four private...

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4 December 2005

Private Security Guards in Iraq Operate With Little Supervision

Author: T. Christian Miller, The Los Angeles Times

Private security contractors have been involved in scores of shootings in Iraq, but none have been prosecuted despite findings in at least one fatal case that the men had not followed proper procedures, according to interviews and documents obtained...

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24 August 2006

Blackwater Shot Down in Federal Court [USA]

Author: Jeremy Scahill, The Nation [USA]

In a major blow to [Blackwater]...a federal appeals court has ruled that a wrongful death lawsuit filed against [it] can proceed in North Carolina's state courts. The suit was brought by the families of the four Blackwater contractors ambushed and...

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30 August 2006

Disaster capitalism: how to make money out of misery

Author: Naomi Klein, in Guardian [UK]

"Where has all the money gone?" ask desperate people from Baghdad to New Orleans, from Kabul to tsunami-struck Sri Lanka. One place a great deal of it has gone is into major capital expenditure for...private contractors. Largely under the public radar...

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25 September 2006

[PDF] The torture business: Buying impunity

Author: Nils Rosemann is based in Islamabad (Pakistan) and works as an Attorney of Law and as a Human Rights & Development Consultant in Islamabad and Geneva - Human Rights Features

The example of torture shows how governmentally granted impunity facilitates human rights violations by corporate actors. The example is not only chosen because torture is a core concept in the US-led global 'war on terror'. It also significantly...

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29 October 2006

[PDF] full report: "Corporate Mercenaries - The threat of private military and security companies"

Author: War on Want

The following pages examine the rapid expansion of private military and security companies (PMSCs), particularly as a result of the occupation of Iraq. As well as providing information on the activities of these companies, the report urges all readers...

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