Report calls for private military & security companies (PMSCs) to be banned from operating in conflict zones
Mercenaries Unleashed: The brave new world of private military and security companies
Private military and security companies (PMSCs) burst onto the scene 15 years ago, following the declaration of a ‘war on terror’ and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
This vast private industry, now worth hundreds of billions of dollars, is dominated by UK companies reaping enormous profits from exploiting war, instability and conflict around the world.
The time has come to ban PMSCs from operating in conflict zones and end the privatisation of war.
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Author: War on Want
This briefing provides an update on the mercenary industry, detailing the latest developments in the murky world of these ‘guns for hire’. UK companies continue to dominate the industry, and can be found at the forefront both in the conflict zones of the ‘war on terror’ and in the expansion to Africa and the high seas. The use of private armies by governments and corporations was previously an exception. It is now becoming the norm, as states and companies seek to evade responsibility for the use of violent and often deadly force. The industry will continue to grow unchecked unless it is brought under control. Voluntary codes like the 2010 International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC) are not the answer to the culture of impunity that PMSCs enjoy. Such codes are used by companies to legitimise existing industry practice and to block the introduction of legally binding regulation.