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28 October 2002

chapter 2 of "Making a Killing: The Business of War": Privatizing Combat, the New World Order

Author: Laura Peterson, Center for Public Integrity

...ICI is one of several companies contracted by the State Department to go into danger zones that are too risky or unsavory to commit conventional U.S. forces. It also has been active in conflicts in Haiti and Liberia [in addition to Sierra Leone]...a...

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19 May 2003

A Catalogue of Failures: G8 Arms Exports and Human Rights Violations

Author: Amnesty International

As this study shows, the governments of the G8 authorize unparalleled levels of arms and related assistance to the world's armed forces and law enforcement agencies, but often to those who persistently commit gross human rights violations - equipping...

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11 August 2003

Colombia: Private Companies on the Frontline

Author: Stephen Fidler and Thomas Catán, Financial Times

All of this leads some to suspect that private contractors are being used for military operations that are either too controversial to sell to the public or that would otherwise be subject to congressional restrictions...Increasingly, peacekeeping and...

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1 July 2006

Suffering in the Congo: Behind the numbers

Author: Keith Harmon & David Barouski, Z Magazine

War in the Congo is driven by the desire to extract raw materials...Therefore, any analysis of the geopolitics in the Congo requires an understanding of the organized crime perpetrated through multinational businesses...Human Rights Watch...2005 report...

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29 October 2006

[PDF] full report: "Corporate Mercenaries - The threat of private military and security companies"

Author: War on Want

The following pages examine the rapid expansion of private military and security companies (PMSCs), particularly as a result of the occupation of Iraq. As well as providing information on the activities of these companies, the report urges all readers...

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21 March 2007

[DOC] Private security companies and human rights

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Presentation by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre to public seminar “Privatization of security and warfare and impacts on human rights”, co-hosted by the United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries and the Business & Human...

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1 July 2007

From Mercenaries to Market: The Rise and Regulation of Private Military Companies (Introduction)

Author: Edited by Simon Chesterman & Chia Lehnardt

Frequently characterized as either mercenaries in modern guise or the market’s response to security gaps, private military companies...play an increasingly important role in armed conflicts, UN peace operations, and providing security in unstable...

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1 December 2008

[PDF] Code of Conduct: Tool for Self-Regulation for Private Military and Security Companies

Author: Nils Rosemann, published by Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)

This study aims to illustrate patterns of behavioural rules derived from corporate obligations, and to deduce from these a draft Code of Conduct (CoC) for Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs). The purpose of a Code of Conduct for [PMSCs] is...

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9 July 2009

Equatorial Guinea: Human Rights Watch criticises use of oil profits by govt., says funds not being used to lift citizens out of poverty

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9 July 2009
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Author: Human Rights Watch

El Gobierno de Guinea Ecuatorial ha llegado a un nivel muy bajo en su manejo de los miles de millones de dólares procedentes del petróleo, en lugar de mejorar las vidas de sus ciudadanos, señaló Human Rights Watch…El grueso de las inversiones en la...

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