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UK: War on Want challenges govt. over failure to regulate private security companies – refers to Erinys, Aegis, ArmorGroup

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14 April 2008

Response to allegations made by War on Want against Erinys

Author: Erinys

In the past six months War on Want [WoW] has published a number of Press Releases (and written to the Foreign Secretary) making serious allegations against Erinys. These include accusations of human rights abuses, prisoner abuse, plunder of Iraqi oil and employing ‘apartheid-era’ South African paramilitaries…WoW have referred on several occasions…to employees of Erinys International opening fire on a taxi near Kirkuk, wounding three civilians…[T]he incident in Kirkuk is not an example of human rights abuse but of a professional response in self-defence against a potential vehicle-borne suicide bomb. WoW has made it clear that Erinys is not one of the companies it intended to accuse of being involved in unlawful killings.

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14 April 2008

[PDF] Response to allegations made by War on Want against Erinys

Author: Erinys

In the past six months War on Want [WoW] has published a number of Press Releases (and written to the Foreign Secretary) making serious allegations against Erinys. These include accusations of human rights abuses, prisoner abuse, plunder of Iraqi oil and employing ‘apartheid-era’ South African paramilitaries…WoW have referred on several occasions…to employees of Erinys International opening fire on a taxi near Kirkuk, wounding three civilians…[T]he incident in Kirkuk is not an example of human rights abuse but of a professional response in self-defence against a potential vehicle-borne suicide bomb. WoW has made it clear that Erinys is not one of the companies it intended to accuse of being involved in unlawful killings.

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Article
27 February 2008

[DOC] Aegis statement regarding "Trophy video"

Author: Aegis

The alleged incident refers to a homemade, compilation video posted on the internet in October 2005 by a former, disgruntled contractor in a malicious attempt to discredit Aegis. The compilation video and the different incidents it portrayed were fully investigated by the US Army and by an independent Panel of Inquiry organized by Aegis. Both investigations confirmed that all of the circumstances, when seen in context, were within the approved and accepted Rules for the Use of Force, that no crime had been committed, and that there was no case to answer.

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Article
18 February 2008

Miliband challenged on mercenaries abuse [UK]

Author: War on Want

Foreign secretary David Miliband…faces a legal challenge over his failure to ensure democratic control over private military companies...The challenge, from...War on Want, follows mounting reports of human rights abuse by mercenaries employed by private military and security companies in war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Last October guards working for Erinys International opened fire on a taxi near Kirkuk, wounding three civilians…Earlier a video published on the internet showed mercenaries from UK-based Aegis Defence Services randomly shooting at civilian cars from the back of their vehicle on the road to Baghdad airport. [includes link to a letter to Mr Miliband from War on Want’s solicitors Leigh Day & Co] [also refers to Blackwater, ArmorGroup]

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Article
23 May 2007

[PDF] ArmorGroup International plc - Response to misleading War on Want report

Author: ArmorGroup

ArmorGroup International plc has strong reservations about the War on Want report titled “Corporate Mercenaries”, which it believes is derogatory, factually misleading and potentially damaging to the company…[T]he…report…[has] misleading or factually incorrect statements…about ArmorGroup…ArmorGroup adheres to a number of international codes of conduct covering the behaviour of the Group and its employees globally…

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