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PMSC Bulletin Issue number 7 – 1 Jul 2015

PMSC Bulletin Issue number 7 – 1 Jul 2015: Private Military & Security Companies and their impacts on human rights: Recent developments

We remain concerned by the increasing number of allegations being made against PMSCs providing services to asylum and immigration detention centres....At the international level, an important milestone was reached when the General Assembly of the oversight mechanism of the Intl. Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (“ICoC Association”) voted to approve the Certification Procedure...Developments on PMSCs’ legal accountability have been mixed....Campaigners & victims are increasingly looking to utilise the OECD complaints mechanism to increase transparency and accountability of PMSCs....Over this period we sought 5 company responses from PMSCs to reports alleging human rights abuses; all resulted in a response by the company concerned.