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1 January 2011
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Author: Marie-Eve Lapointe, Revue québécoise de droit international

La multiplication des entreprises militaires et de sécurité privées ainsi que leur implication croissante au sein des conflits armés soulèvent de nombreuses interrogations…[N]ous tenterons de démontrer que la logique commerciale qui prévaut...

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29 December 2010

Murder trial for British contractor opens in Iraq

Author: Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press

The trial of a British security contractor charged with killing two of his colleagues last year opened Wednesday in Baghdad with testimony from a guard who said the contractor shot him. Danny Fitzsimons…is the first Western contractor on trial in an...

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1 December 2010

Djibouti cleared Blackwater to kill pirates

Author: afrol News

The government of Djibouti permitted the controversial private US security firm Blackwater "to operate an armed ship from the port of Djibouti" and to "use lethal force against pirates."...Little has until now been known about Blackwater's engagement...

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9 November 2010

[PDF] MERCENARIES, MERCENARISM AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Author: Melik Özden, CETIM's Human Rights Programme, Permanent representative to the U.N.

The aim of this Report is to analyse the problems posed by mercenarism. We also describe the measures already taken or proposed, in particular within the United Nations, to stamp out this phenomenon which has a detrimental impact on the enjoyment of...

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9 November 2010
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Author: Reuters

Près de 60 entreprises de sécurité opérant dans des zones de conflit ont signé…un code international de bonne conduite par lequel elles s'engagent à maîtriser l'usage de leur force, à former et contrôler leur personnel et à signaler toute infraction…"...

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24 October 2010

Use of Contractors Added to War’s Chaos in Iraq

Author: James Glanz and Andrew W Lehren, New York Times

Even now — with many contractors discredited for unjustified shootings and a lack of accountability amply described in the documents [300,000 classified military documents made public by WikiLeaks] — the [US] military cannot do without them. There are...

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20 October 2010

Efforts to Prosecute Blackwater Are Collapsing [USA]

Author: James Risen, New York Times

Nearly four years after the federal government began a string of investigations and criminal prosecutions against Blackwater Worldwide personnel accused of murder and other violent crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, the cases are beginning to fall apart,...

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3 October 2010

8 private security firms banned in Afghanistan

Author: CNN

Afghanistan has banned eight private security firms...Among the companies whose operations are being dissolved are Xe (formerly known as Blackwater), NCL, FHI, White Eagles and other small companies, spokesman Waheed Omer said. Both international and...

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20 September 2010

Cowboy contractors: armed and dangerous

Author: [comment] Pratap Chatterjee, in Guardian [UK]

[A] jury trial [is underway in the US]...on the alleged murder of two Afghan civilians on 4 May 2009 by two former employees of a subsidiary of Blackwater [now Xe], the private military company...Human Rights First...says that [such] incidents show...

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27 August 2010

Blackwater Provided 'Unauthorized' Training in Colombia

Author: Erin Rosa, Narconews - Narcosphere

Blackwater [now Xe Services]...recently entered into a $42 million civil settlement with the State Department...after the agency found that the company violated international arms trafficking and export regulations no less than 288 times. The...

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