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9 November 2010

58 Firms Sign Historic International Code of Conduct for Private Security Services Providers

Author: Human Rights First

Fifty-eight private security companies today signed an historic International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers, an agreement to uphold human rights respecting principles and to establish an inclusive oversight mechanism to verify that...

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9 November 2010

Almost 60 private security firms sign intl. code of conduct on human rights

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28 June 2010

[PDF] Regulating and Monitoring Private Military and Security Companies

Author: José L. Gómez del Prado, UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries

PMSCs do have an impact on the enjoyment of human rights…“Private soldiers”….[are] individuals who can violate human rights as much as be victims of human rights violations…Summary executions, disappearances, torture…bad working conditions…lack of...

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18 January 2010

Has Disaster Profiteering Already Begun in Haiti?

Author: Jeremy Scahill, Rebel Reports [USA]

The Orwellian-named...International Peace Operations Association, didn't waste much time in offering the "services" of its member companies to swoop down on Haiti for some old fashioned humanitarian assistance disaster profiteering...While some of...

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7 May 2009

Blackwater era ending in Iraq

Author: CNN

The troubled Blackwater era ends in Iraq on Thursday as another firm takes over the once-dominant company's security services contract in Baghdad. Triple Canopy...picks up the expiring contract of...Blackwater Worldwide, which changed its name to XE a...

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28 January 2009

In Dangerous Locales, HIV Discrimination Isn't an Open-and-Shut Case [USA]

Author: Joe Davidson, Washington Post

Should an employer be required to hire an applicant who has HIV for work that could become bloody in a place where there is poor medical care?...A former Green Beret [John Doe]…sued the State Department and a private security firm, Triple Canopy,...

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8 December 2008

Iraq security contractors face end to immunity

Author: Missy Ryan and Mohammed Abbas, Reuters

Private security guards in Iraq...could face being thrown into crowded and violent Iraqi jails once their era of legal immunity ends on January 1. Under a security pact signed with the United States, foreign contractors, including some 30,000.....

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1 December 2008

[PDF] Code of Conduct: Tool for Self-Regulation for Private Military and Security Companies

Author: Nils Rosemann, published by Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)

This study aims to illustrate patterns of behavioural rules derived from corporate obligations, and to deduce from these a draft Code of Conduct (CoC) for Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs). The purpose of a Code of Conduct for [PMSCs] is...

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28 May 2008

Grand Jury Probes Blackwater Shootings [USA]

Author: Karen DeYoung & Del Quentin Wilber, Washington Post

At least three Iraqis appeared yesterday before a federal grand jury hearing evidence in the September shootings in Baghdad by Blackwater Worldwide security guards that left 17 Iraqis dead. After an FBI investigation last year, federal prosecutors...

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17 April 2008

Iraq Human Trafficking May Hurt Us [Uganda]

Author: Albert Mugumya in Daily Monitor [Uganda]

Private security firms in Uganda such as Askar Security, Water Tight Services; Triple Canopy; EOD Technologies and Dreshak have been sub-contracted by American firms also known as "corporate warriors" to recruit Ugandans for both combat and non-combat...

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