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23 Apr 2015

Kendyl Salcito & Mark Wielga, NomoGaia, on Justmeans

NomoGaia calls for more stringent human rights standards for US govt. private security contractors in Natl. Action Plan

"What Blackwater, Oklahoma, and the Extractive Sector Have in Common: U.S. National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights", 20 Apr 2015

The [penultimate US National Action Plan] consultation, held in Norman, Oklahoma, focused on private security as one of three primary issues of concern, alongside extractive industries and indigenous rights issues. While the State Department has taken steps to require its private security contractors to sign the International Code of Conduct and adhere to ICOCA standards, the commitment does not extend across government agencies. The Department of Defense, for example, does not require its defense contractors to belong to the ICOCA...The U.S. Government could publish the human rights due diligence of its own contractors, and it could encourage large multinational corporations to follow suit....

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US Govt. holds final consultation for National Action Plan on business & human rights - submissions & commentary

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