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1 December 2004

[PDF] The Privatization of Human Rights Violations – Business Impunity or Corporate Responsibility? The case of human rights abuses and torture in Iraq

Author: Nils Rosemann, in Nebula

...interrogations by private military and security corporations are just the tip of the iceberg...there are about 20,000 private security contractors in Iraq, including Americans, Iraqis and other foreigners. [refers to DynCorp (part of Computer...

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29 October 2006

[PDF] full report: "Corporate Mercenaries - The threat of private military and security companies"

Author: War on Want

The following pages examine the rapid expansion of private military and security companies (PMSCs), particularly as a result of the occupation of Iraq. As well as providing information on the activities of these companies, the report urges all readers...

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2 February 2007
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Author: Silvia Mendoza Martínez y Bruno Rivas Frías, El Comercio [Perú]

La violencia endémica que azota Iraq no es el único riesgo que corren los peruanos que laboran en ese país. Nuestros compatriotas también sufren maltratos, discriminación y vejaciones que provienen de su propio empleador, es decir, de la compañía...

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3 February 2007
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Author: Chrystelle Barbier, Le Monde

...[Un] groupe de travail des Nations unies chargé d'identifier les manifestations et tendances liées au mercenariat...dénonce les irrégularités dans les contrats, les mauvaises conditions de travail et les paiements incertains dont sont victimes ceux...

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21 March 2007

[DOC] Private security companies and human rights

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Presentation by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre to public seminar “Privatization of security and warfare and impacts on human rights”, co-hosted by the United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries and the Business & Human...

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13 July 2007

Rights-Chile: UN on the Offensive Against Iraq Mercenaries

Author: Daniela Estrada and Gustavo González, IPS

Mercenary recruitment agencies that send former soldiers to Iraq have been accused in Chile of human right abuses, illegal association, possession of explosives and unauthorised use of army weaponry, and are the target of a special United Nations...

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1 August 2007

A very private war

Author: Jeremy Scahill, in Guardian [UK]

There are 48,000 'security contractors' in Iraq…In another incident…an off-duty Blackwater operative is alleged to have shot and killed an Iraqi bodyguard of the Shia vice-president…Blackwater officials confirm that after the incident they whisked the...

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1 September 2007

Iraq - Blackwater incident, 16 Sep 2007

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

On 16 Sep 2007, Blackwater personnel guarding a US diplomatic convoy in Western Baghdad opened fire. The company and the US Government claim the convoy had been attacked but other accounts stated Blackwater's gunfire was unprovoked. According to...

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19 September 2007
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Author: Yolanda Monge, El País [España]

El Gobierno iraquí revisará los permisos de todas las compañías privadas de seguridad que trabajan en el país árabe después de que la mayor de estas firmas, la estadounidense Blackwater, se haya quedado sin licencia por estar involucrada en la muerte...

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26 September 2007

Shootings by Blackwater Exceed Other Firms in Iraq

Author: John Broder & James Risen, New York Times

The American security contractor Blackwater USA has been involved in a far higher rate of shootings while guarding American diplomats in Iraq than other security firms providing similar services to the State Department, according to Bush...

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