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Mercenaries in the line of fire

In a chapter...in his official report to the Council, the Special Rapporteur...John Ruggie, noted that the question of complicity is relevant to the context of business and human rights. The report said there are a number of cases in US courts concern alleged complicity by “public or private security forces”...Egypt’s Omar Shalaby...asked whether or not it would "be appropriate to expand the mandate (of the expert on transnationals) to cover also private military and security companies.” The issue did come...at a meeting of NGOs who heard dramatic testimony from, Hassan Jabir Salman of Iraq who recounted how he was shot in the back four times in September 2007 by forces...[of] Blackwater...[The] UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries...said it had secured the support of several UK-based private security companies for the creation of a national and international system of regulation of their activities...However the statement also...said that despite numerous national efforts to regulate such activities, there has been “no significant move forward...initiated since 2005”.