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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 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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20 October 2010

Security Firms Plan Code in Bid for Self-Regulation

Author: Nathan Hodge, Wall Street Journal

More than 20 private security firms are expected to sign an international code of conduct next month, as the controversial, fast-growing industry responds to a series of damaging setbacks. Companies that sign on to the industry-led effort at a Nov. 9...

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7 October 2010

Afghans Linked to the Taliban Guard U.S. Bases

Author: James Risen, New York Times

Afghan private security forces with ties to the Taliban, criminal networks and Iranian intelligence have been hired to guard American military bases in Afghanistan, exposing United States soldiers to surprise attack and confounding the fight against...

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17 August 2007

Ugandan askaris in Iraq ripped off

Author: Felix Osike, New Vision [Uganda]

New details have emerged on how Ugandan guards in Iraq are being fleeced and exploited by recruiting agencies…Dr. David Ogaram, the Commissioner for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations, wrote…to...12 recruiting agencies [saying:]…“You are...

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