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15 May 2014

Washington Denies Involvement of US Mercenaries in Ukraine

Author: RIA Novosti

[T]he White House National Security Council has denied...media reports that claim hundreds of well-trained US mercenaries are involved in the Ukraine conflict...The news came after the German newspapers Bild am Sonntag and Der Spiegel said...some 400...

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10 May 2014

Blackwater guard charged over Baghdad murder [Iraq/USA]

Author: Al Jazeera

A grand jury has charged a former security guard for Blackwater, the US private security company, with murder for his alleged role in a 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Baghdad. A federal appeals court last month effectively ended a manslaughter...

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29 April 2014

[PDF] Private Military & Security Companies and their impacts on human rights: Recent developments

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

In relation to reported negative human rights impacts by PMSCs, some continue to occur in areas of conflict or weak governance such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, but we have seen a rising of reports alleging abuses in other regions, especially in...

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8 April 2014

Global Policy Forum report on UN use of private military & security companies allegedly involved in human rights abuses

Global Policy Forum reports on UN use of private military & security companies allegedly involved in human rights abuses; responses by Askar Security, Delta Protection & G4S.

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8 April 2014

Judge criticizes State Department over Blackwater shooting case [USA/Iraq]

Author: Reuters

A federal judge...harshly criticized the U.S. State Department over its handling of a 2007 shooting in Baghdad involving Blackwater Worldwide security guards and asked the agency's watchdog to investigate problems that helped delay a related criminal...

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18 February 2014

Blackwater USA lawsuit (re 16 Sep 2007 Baghdad incident)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

On 16 September 2007, a group of Blackwater personnel providing security for a US State Department convoy in Baghdad were involved in a shooting incident in which shots were fired at civilians.  As many as 17 Iraqis were killed, and over 10 injured. ...

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25 November 2013

[PDF] Corporate Legal Accountability Annual Briefing

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

The goal of the Annual Briefing is to help a wide audience understand what has been happening in different parts of the world. First, it examines global trends in corporate legal accountability such as barriers to accessing judicial remedies;...

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22 November 2013

Blackwater founder: my company could have prevented Benghazi deaths (Libya)

Author: Spencer Ackerman, Guardian (UK)

The founder of the world’s most infamous private security company believes the National Security Agency is overstepping its authorities and that he could have prevented the death of a US ambassador last year in Benghazi...Prince said the company, which...

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30 October 2013

[PDF] Private military & security companies & their impacts on human rights - Bulletin Issue 5

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Welcome to our fifth PMSC Bulletin. To assist those interested in private military & security companies (PMSCs) and their impacts on human rights, we publish this bulletin semi-annually to highlight key developments reported by NGOs, governments,...

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25 October 2013

Lawyers for Blackwater Guards to Fight New Charges

Author: Zoe Tillman, Blog of the Legal Times

Four former security guards charged with fatally shooting more than a dozen Iraqi civilians in 2007 intend to challenge the new indictment prosecutors filed earlier this month. The Blackwater guards…will argue prosecutors unlawfully built the new case...

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