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30 January 2012

Sexual violence by Private Military Contractors remains a problem, according to David Isenberg

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2 September 2011

Congo rape victims face slavery in gold and mineral mines

Author: Diane Taylor, The Guardian [UK]

Rape victims in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are being forced to work in conditions of slavery in mines producing the gold, coltan and tin ore needed to manufacture jewellery, mobile phones and laptops, a Guardian investigation has found...

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18 May 2010

[PDF] Private Military and Security Companies and Gender (Toolkit 10)

Author: Sabrina Schulz and Christina Yeung, OSCE/ODIHR, UN-INSTRAW

In order to ensure the effectiveness…of security sector reform (SSR) involving Private Security Companies (PSCs) and Private Military Companies (PMCs) it is indispensable to integrate gender aspects into all operations...Initiatives to integrate...

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8 December 2009

Rape and murder, funded by cell phones [Dem. Rep. of Congo]

Author: Sasha Lezhnev and John Prendergast, CNN

[R]ape is routinely "deployed" as a weapon of war by the armed groups fighting over a nation that has some of the richest nonpetroleum natural resource deposits in the world…Armed groups in eastern Congo that control minerals, mines and trading routes...

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24 November 2009

MPs told of gang rapes at mine - Toronto-based company hotly denies crime at South Pacific site

Author: Les Whittington, Toronto Star [Canada]

A usually sedate parliamentary hearing room was jolted with stories of alleged gang rape as MPs heard testimony about the operation of a Canadian-controlled gold mine in the South Pacific. "Numerous accounts of rapes show a similar pattern,"...

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11 September 2009

Embassy guards visited sex-slave brothels, whistleblower claims

Author: Tim Hull, Courthouse News Service [USA]

A former director for a private security firm responsible for guarding the U.S. Embassy in Kabul says he was fired for repeatedly warning his superiors that company managers and guards frequented brothels staffed by Chinese sex slaves, and that U.S....

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16 June 2009

Peace Apparel [Sri Lanka]

Author: Riyad Riffai, Lanka Business Online

Brandix, a top Sri Lankan apparel maker, is planning to boost production at a factory built in Batticaloa, a former war-torn area in the east of the island where ex-female Tiger combatants are also working...Theodore Gunasekara, general manager...said...

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17 April 2008

KBR's Rape Problem

Author: Karen Houppert, The Nation

As news broke of the rape of yet another US military contractor employee in Iraq…the Senate Foreign Relations Committee convened a hearing April 9 to demand that the Justice Department explain why it has failed to prosecute a single sexual assault...

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23 December 2007

Gang rape Green Zone?

Author: Yvonne Roberts, Guardian [UK]

In 2005, Jamie Leigh Jones…was working in Iraq for military contractor, KBR (a subsidiary of Halliburton) when she says she was drugged and gang-raped by several co-workers…Jamie Leigh Jones and at least 11 other women now claiming they have been...

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1 April 2006

Corporate Complicity in Congo's War

Author: Kathleen Kern, Tikkun Magazine

Since 1996, nearly four million people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from a conflict that has involved several rebel armies…These armed groups…all have important aspects in common: they target civilians and they all use rape as a...

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