Swiss Govt. publishes finalised "Intl. Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers" - aims to improve human rights accountability of the industry
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Author: PASA (Pan-African Security Association), IPOA, BAPSC
In June of 2009 at a conference in Nyon, Switzerland, industry representatives committed to pursuing an international code of conduct built on the success of the “Montreux Document” and in partnership with key governments, nongovernmental organizations and humanitarian organizations...The result of this collaboration is the ‘International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers’ (ICoC) which was completed this month in Geneva...after numerous meetings and consultations...and with special efforts to ensure that the ICoC is compliant with Human Rights and IHL. Industry supports an ambitious timetable for the next steps to implement a compliance and governance mechanism. The industry expresses its gratitude to the Swiss government for its crucial role...We encourage all companies providing international security services to consider endorsing the code and participating in the 9 November signing ceremony in Geneva.
Author: Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Swiss Government
Please find attached the finalised text of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers. This Code is the result of an inclusive, transparent multi-stakeholder initiative launched in June 2009 by industry associations, corporations and individual business leaders with the assistance of the Government of Switzerland and in consultation with the Governments of the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as other stakeholders and relevant experts. The final goals of this initiative are to set high standards for the industry worldwide and to establish external independent mechanisms for effective governance and oversight...The Swiss Government will host the signatory ceremony of the Code on November 9, 2010 in Geneva...