Draft "Global code of conduct for private security companies & private military companies" open for consultation until 30 April

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7 January 2010

The Privatisation of Security [scroll down to Draft Global Code of Conduct for Private Security Companies and Private Military Companies]

Author: Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)

The first draft of the “Global Code of Conduct for Private Security Companies and Private Military Companies” is now available for public consultation. This draft Code is the result of an active collaboration of members of the private security industry along with the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (ADH) to support the development of a Global Code of Conduct (CoC) that lays down international industry norms and standards for the provision of private security services. Also actively involved in the drafting process are representatives from US and UK governments...This Draft Code is open for public comment. We kindly ask you to submit comments to Nils Rosemann of the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs...no later than 30 April 2010.

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7 January 2010

[PDF] Global Code of Conduct for Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law

Author: Federal Department of Foreign Affairs [Switzerland]

Draft Global Code of Conduct....aims to recognize that private services are often performed in circumstances where the rule of law has been essentially undermined and where governments may be unable to effectively enforce the law...This code will be binding upon the corporations that endorse it. It will apply globally in all circumstances, whether or not there is a situation of armed conflict. The corporations endorsing this code will agree to certification, monitoring, and necessary remedial action by an International Accountability Mechanism. [Contents include:] Use of Force and Firearms...Prohibition of Torture and Ill-treatment...Non-discrimination...Freedom of expression and association...Harassment...Sexual Abuse and Trafficking...Prohibition of the worst forms of child labour...Prohibition of slavery and forced labour...Safe and healthy work environment...Training of personnel...Grievance Procedures...

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