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UN and Africa to discuss mercenaries and private military and security companies

Author: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Published on: 25 February 2010

Representatives of some 25 African States will meet…with the UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries* to discuss the presence and activities of mercenaries and private military and security companies (PMSCs) on the continent…Shaista Shameem, who currently heads the Working Group [said] "...PMSCs have remained largely unregulated, insufficiently monitored and rarely held accountable for the international crimes and human rights abuses they have committed.”...State representatives will exchange good practices and lessons learned on the monitoring and regulation of the activities of private military and security companies and in particular on the adoption of a possible draft convention regulating their activities.

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