International humanitarian law and private military/security companies

Author: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Published on: 15 September 2008

Private military and security companies working in situations of armed conflict are also obliged to respect the provisions of international humanitarian law (IHL). Basic facts on the issue and link to expert opinion...What is the status of the staff of PMSCs under international humanitarian law?...Are employees of PMSCs not simply modern-day mercenaries?...What steps can PMSCs take to ensure that their staff respect international humanitarian law?...What is the responsibility of states with respect to PMSCs they hire?...What is the responsibility of states in whose territory PMSCs are incorporated or operate?

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