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27 June 2011

Abu Ghraib Inmates Lose U.S. High Court Bid to Sue Contractors

Author: Greg Stohr, Bloomberg

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to revive a lawsuit that accused two military contractors of abusing inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, turning away an appeal by 26 onetime prisoners. The inmates sought to sue CACI International..., which helped...

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13 May 2011

Abu Ghraib Torture Victims Deserve Compensation

Author: Gabor Rona, Human Rights First

Abu Ghraib. Eight years ago the Iraqi prison was the site of physical and psychological torture, rape, sodomy and murder of Iraqi prisoners committed by Americans under the authority of Americans…[N]ot one victim of official cruelty in U.S. custody...

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19 April 2011

Swedish AP funds call for Motorola to withdraw from West Bank

Author: Daniel Brooksbank, Responsible Investor

The Ethical Council of the four Swedish AP buffer pension funds...is calling on US communications giant Motorola Solutions to pull out of the Israeli-occupied territories in the West Bank. The Council wants the company, spun out of Motorola earlier...

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18 April 2011

Ethical Council Annual Report 2010

Author: Ethical Council

Since 2007, [the First, Second, Third & Fourth AP Funds, buffer funds in Sweden’s national pension system] have been coordinating their work on environmental and ethical issues through the joint Ethical Council. The purpose of the Council is,...

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18 April 2011

Sweden's buffer pension funds' Ethical Council publishes 2010 Annual Report, includes reports on dialogues with companies associated with social, environmental abuses

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15 March 2011

One company excluded from the Government Pension Fund Global - and one re-included [Norway]

Author: Norweigian Ministry of Finance

The Ministry of Finance has excluded the Chinese company Shanghai Industrial Holdings Ltd. from the investment portfolio of the Government Pension Fund Global on account of its tobacco production...The decision to exclude the US company L-3...

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11 March 2011
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Author: "BBVA sin armas" - Centro de Estudios por la Paz J.M.Delàs, Observatorio de la Deuda en la Globalización (ODG), SETEM [España]

La campaña "BBVA sin armas"…ha participado esta mañana…en la Junta General de Accionistas del BBVA, donde ha puesto en evidencia…la continuada relación entre este banco español y la producción de armas controvertidas…A pesar…de que éste ha puesto en...

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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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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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26 October 2010

Abu Ghraib contractors seek civil immunity

Author: Larry O'Dell, Associated Press

The same principles that protect U.S. soldiers from being sued by enemy combatants apply to private contractors hired to help conduct a war, attorneys for two companies that provided interrogators at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq told a federal...

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