Private military & security companies

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- Bulletin on private military & security companies and their impacts on human rights - recent developments

- Montreux document on Private Military and Security Companies

- International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers

- UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries




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12 October 2011

Swiss government proposes ban on mercenary firms

Author: Frederic Merat, Associated Press

Switzerland wants to banish mercenary firms and tighten the rules for private security companies based in the country in a bid to safeguard its tradition of neutrality, the government said...A draft bill submitted to parliament would ban Swiss-based...

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14 September 2011

Outsourcing to private security contractors threatens rights, UN panel warns

Author: UN News Centre

United Nations [Working Group on the use of mercenaries]...called for greater regulation of mercenaries and private military and security companies by both host and contributor countries to ensure respect for human rights and accountability for any...

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10 November 2010


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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4 October 2010

Abu Ghraib Case Involving Private Contractors Draws Top Court's Interest

Author: Greg Stohr, Bloomberg

The U.S. Supreme Court signaled it may consider whether two military contractors can be sued for allegedly abusing inmates at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison in a case that could make companies more vulnerable to human rights suits. The justices today asked...

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29 April 2010
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Author: Marco Sassòli, l’Université de Genève [Suisse]

En [Droit International Humanitaire], les employés des CMSP ne rentrent souvent pas dans la très restrictive définition des mercenaires. Ils ne sont en général pas non plus incorporés dans les forces armées d’une partie au conflit. Par conséquent, ils...

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9 April 2010

Mercenaries: United Nations experts final go at new international convention draft

Author: United Nations

The United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries will hold its last meeting on the ongoing process towards the elaboration of a possible new international convention on the regulation of activities of private military and security companies....

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24 February 2010

Blackwater fallout: Senate moves to rein in military contractors [USA]

Author: GordonLubold, Christian Science Monitor [USA]

After several incidents of misbehavior in Afghanistan involving the military contractor Blackwater and its employees, US lawmakers are moving to provide greater oversight of an industry that, while key to American military success, may also be...

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31 December 2009

Good News for Blackwater is Bad News for Industry

Author: [commentary] David Isenberg, Huffington Post

Federal District Judge Ricardo Urbina has dismissed all charges against five guards from US security firm Blackwater over the killing of 17 Iraqis in Nisoor Square, Baghdad, in 2007. While the five Blackwater contractors and their parent firm (now...

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23 November 2009

East Africans working for US security firms in war zone

Author: The East African

Thousands of Ugandans and Kenyans are working in Iraq and Afghanistan as contractors for US-based security companies. They are paid wages far greater than they could earn at home — but far lower than those that Americans and Europeans receive for...

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15 November 2009

[PDF] Colombia: Regulating Private Military and Security Companies in a “Territorial State”

Author: Irene Cabrera & Antoine Perret, Externado University of Colombia

[A]t the end of the cold war…many Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) were formed or deployed in Colombia...norms were created to try to control this industry and a special entity is in charge of reviewing the[ir] activities...but…practice...

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