New law bans Swiss private security companies from providing mercenaries abroad

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Author: Assemblée fédérale de la Confédération suisse

La présente loi contribue à: préserver la sécurité intérieure et extérieure de la Suisse; réaliser les objectifs de la politique étrangère de la Suisse; préserver la neutralité suisse; garantir le respect du droit international, en particulier des droits de l’homme et du droit international humanitaire.

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24 September 2013

Mercenary services outlawed by parliament (Switzerland)


Private security contractors based in Switzerland will no longer be allowed to provide mercenaries and will have to report to the federal authorities any services they plan to supply beyond the country’s borders. New legislation...will be applied to all firms that provide security services outside of Switzerland. Any direct participation in an armed conflict is also banned. The ban covers recruitment, training and supplying personnel in Switzerland and abroad. Activities that undermine Switzerland’s traditional neutrality and its foreign policy aims, including the respect of humanitarian law are also outlawed. A firm would for example not be allowed to manage a prison in a country known for its human rights violations. Other problematic activities include intelligence gathering or freeing hostages...All planned activities outside of Switzerland will have to be reported to the foreign ministry. [refers to Aegis Defence Services]

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