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19 May 2010

[PDF] Private Security Companies and Local Populations: An Exploratory Study of Afghanistan and Angola

Author: Ulrike Joras and Adrian Schuster (eds.), Swisspeace

This paper looks at how local populations perceive Private Security Companies (PSCs) and what the impact of their activities may be on peoples’ every day lives, examining the two country cases, Afghanistan and Angola...The study suggests that PSCs...

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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 gender...

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18 January 2010

Has Disaster Profiteering Already Begun in Haiti?

Author: Jeremy Scahill, Rebel Reports [USA]

The Orwellian-named...International Peace Operations Association, didn't waste much time in offering the "services" of its member companies to swoop down on Haiti for some old fashioned humanitarian assistance disaster profiteering...While some of the...

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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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1 October 2009

[PDF] Accountability for Private Military Contractors Under the Alien Tort Statute

Author: Jenny S. Lam, California Law Review

Despite heightened attention in recent years to PMC [private military contractor] accountability, commentators have largely ignored PMCs’ potential tort liability under the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS,”…)…Ibrahim v. Titan Corp.28 and Saleh v. Titan Corp....

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10 August 2009
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Author: El País [Colombia]

...“Yo hacía parte de un bloque que cuidaba a políticos y diplomáticos [en Irak]...”, relata Carlos, un ex militar que se formó en los comandos del Ejército colombiano...No dice qué empresa lo contrató. “Tengo líos con ellos; líos de plata”...Carlos...

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20 May 2009
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Author: EFE

Varias Organizaciones sindicales y sociales revelaron que demandarán a la multinacional estadounidense Drummond por haber pagado "protección" a grupos paramilitares colombianos que asesinaron a más de 220 personas..."El texto definitivo (de la demanda)...

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7 May 2009

Blackwater era ending in Iraq

Author: CNN

The troubled Blackwater era ends in Iraq on Thursday as another firm takes over the once-dominant company's security services contract in Baghdad. Triple Canopy...picks up the expiring contract of...Blackwater Worldwide, which changed its name to XE a...

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1 December 2008

[PDF] Code of Conduct: Tool for Self-Regulation for Private Military and Security Companies

Author: Nils Rosemann, published by Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)

This study aims to illustrate patterns of behavioural rules derived from corporate obligations, and to deduce from these a draft Code of Conduct (CoC) for Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs). The purpose of a Code of Conduct for [PMSCs] is...

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28 October 2008

[PDF] Business & Human Rights Resource Centre launches world’s first online portal profiling human rights lawsuits against companies

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Today the non-profit Business & Human Rights Resource Centre launches a free online portal – the first to bring together and demystify lawsuits from across the world alleging human rights abuses by companies. The portal summarises in non-legal...

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