Swiss government proposes ban on mercenary firms

Author: Frederic Merat, Associated Press, Published on: 12 October 2011

Switzerland wants to banish mercenary firms and tighten the rules for private security companies based in the country in a bid to safeguard its tradition of neutrality, the government said...A draft bill submitted to parliament would ban Swiss-based companies from direct participation in armed conflicts abroad, and from recruiting or training mercenaries in Switzerland. The proposal...also requires private security companies to report their activities to Swiss authorities, and to abide by an international code of conduct. [refers to Aegis]

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Related companies: Aegis Defence Services (part of Aegis Group)