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Swiss Govt. announces adoption of oversight mechanism of Intl. Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers

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25 February 2013

Oversight Mechanism Will Promote and Advance Private Security Contractors’ Respect for Human Rights

Author: Human Rights First

[A] multistakeholder group of governments, private security providers and nongovernmental organizations has approved a charter to oversee compliance with the International Code of Conduct (ICOC). The charter will establish a staffed association to oversee member company compliance with the code and to promote respect for human rights under the code...“This consensus is welcome and an important moment for private security contractors and those of us who work with them to address human rights challenges in the field,” said Human Rights First’s Meg Roggensack...“We fought hard to secure a meaningful and human rights oriented certification of private security provider systems and policies, to establish in-field monitoring of company performance, and to create a way to ensure that victims can access effective remedies when company mechanisms prove inadequate.

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Author: Département fédéral des affaires étrangères [Suisse]

La Charte du mécanisme de gouvernance et de contrôle du Code de conduite international des entreprises de sécurité privées (ICoC)…a été négociée par un important groupe de représentants d’entreprises de sécurité privées, d’organisations de la société civile et d’Etats…Ce mécanisme de gouvernance et de contrôle sera basé à Genève. Il prévoit des fonctions pour la certification des entreprises de sécurité privées, le monitoring et le traitement des plaintes, afin d’assurer la mise en œuvre effective de l’ICoC. Le Code interdit explicitement certaines activités, notamment le recours à la force à l’exception des cas de légitime défense, la torture, la discrimination et la traite des êtres humains…Son objectif est de garantir le respect des droits de l’homme et du droit international humanitaire par les entreprises de sécurité privées. Actuellement, près de 600 d’entre elles ont signé l’ICoC…

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22 February 2013

International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers – consensus on oversight mechanism

Author: Federal Department of Foreign Affairs [Switzerland]

Agreement has been reached on the Charter for the Oversight Mechanism of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC). A large group of representatives from signatory companies, civil society and governments were involved in the successful negotiations, which were held in Montreux from 19 and 22 February 2013. The purpose of this independent governance and oversight mechanism, which will be based in Geneva, is to ensure the effective implementation of the ICoC through the certification and monitoring of private security providers, as well as through the adoption of a third-party complaint process. The Code of Conduct explicitly prohibits a number of activities, including the use of force (except in self-defence), torture, discrimination and human trafficking.

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