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The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is at a critical point in its development. Our digital platform is home to a wealth of information on business and human rights, but hasn’t had a visual refresh for a number of years.

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Please take an advance peek at our new look, and let us know what you think!

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Panel: UN reliance on private military security companies growing, lacks transparency

Author: Alexandra Olson, Associated Press, Published on: 1 August 2013

An expert panel called...for more transparency surrounding the deepening reliance of the United Nations on private security companies for services from armed guards to police training. The Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries...held a series of meetings and debates...as part of its ongoing investigation into a practice that is drawing increasing scrutiny...Some academics and U.N. member countries worry that the United Nations is compromising its legitimacy by involving such firms in its peacekeeping and peace building operations...While the U.N. has taken steps to clarify its policies, panel members said many issues remain unresolved. Among those is how to hold contractors accountable for abuses committed in the field and the establishment of an oversight mechanism to ensure compliance with international standards...U.N. officials say the reliance on private security firms is reflection of an increasingly dangerous world for United Nations workers. [refers to DynCorp]

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Related companies: DynCorp