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2 October 2007

Letter to US Rep. David Price (D-NC) in Support of Accountability for US Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan

Author: Human Rights Watch & Human Rights First

We write to express our strong support for your proposed legislation, H.R. 2740, the MEJA Expansion and Enforcement Act of 2007. This bill would address a serious gap in accountability and oversight of criminal misconduct by private security...

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1 October 2007

Report Depicts Recklessness at Blackwater [Iraq]

Author: David Stout & John Broder, New York Times

Guards working in Iraq for Blackwater USA have shot innocent Iraqi civilians and have sought to cover up the incidents, sometimes with the help of the State Department, a report to a Congressional committee said today. The report, based largely on...

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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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26 September 2007

US Defence Secretary orders review of the way private security firms operate in Iraq

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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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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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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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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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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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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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