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7 July 2011

Global private security industry booms

Author: Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

A booming private security industry...deploys...20 million armed personnel worldwide: twice the number of police officers, according to the annual 2011 Small Arms Survey...[T]he study says regulation and accountability mechanisms have not kept up with...

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1 July 2011

Combating Impunity

Author: Business and Human Rights Documentation Project (B-HRD)

[sections include: "Business Impacts on Human Rights" - with links to statements/responses by CACI, Triple Canopy, Blackwater Worldwide, Crescent Security Group, KBR, Erinys; "Demanding Justice"; "Human Rights Defenders"]

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Article
6 June 2011

The invisible army [Iraq & Afghanistan]

Author: Sarah Stillman, The New Yorker

Two women from Fiji…were recruited by a local firm called Meridian Services Agency, which promised them jobs in Dubai. Once they reached Dubai…they were told that they were actually bound for jobs on U.S. military bases in Iraq…[They] were unwitting...

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1 January 2011

[PDF] The Montreux Document on Private Military and Security Companies: Proceedings of the Regional Workshop for Latin America

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

On the 12th and 13th of May 2011 a workshop was held in Santiago, Chile, to discuss the “Montreux Document on Pertinent International Legal Obligations and Good Practices for States related to Operations of Private Military and Security Companies...

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1 January 2011

[PDF] UN Use of Private Military and Security Companies: Practices and Policies

Author: Åse Gilje Østensen, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)

[M]ost analysts and commentators acknowledge that several members of the UN family contract PMSCs on a more or less regular basis. Similarly, the practice of UN humanitarian organisations buying services from PMSCs is also well known among observers.....

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11 November 2010

Private security companies sign code of conduct

Author: Frank Jordans, Associated Press

Major private security companies signed a code of conduct...pledging to respect human rights...The voluntary code developed by industry and governments was signed by 58 companies including Britain's G4S and U.S.-based DynCorp International and Xe...

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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

58 Firms Sign Historic International Code of Conduct for Private Security Services Providers

Author: Human Rights First

Fifty-eight private security companies today signed an historic International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers, an agreement to uphold human rights respecting principles and to establish an inclusive oversight mechanism to verify that...

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17 July 2010

U.S. Policy Against Sex Trafficking by Contractors Difficult to Enforce

Author: Nick Schwellenbach & Carol Leonnig, Washington Post

An 8-year-old policy that forbids government contractors and employees to engage in sex trafficking in war zones has proved almost impossible to enforce amid indications that such activities are occurring in Iraq and Afghanistan…"Zero prosecutions,"...

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28 June 2010

[PDF] Regulating and Monitoring Private Military and Security Companies

Author: José L. Gómez del Prado, UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries

PMSCs do have an impact on the enjoyment of human rights…“Private soldiers”….[are] individuals who can violate human rights as much as be victims of human rights violations…Summary executions, disappearances, torture…bad working conditions…lack of...

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