Swiss govt. & ICRC initiative on private military & security cos.

Website of the initiative by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of the Swiss government and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on private military and security companies

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24 November 2012

Are Private Military Companies (PMCs) Exempted From Geneva Conventions?

Author: Richard Rousseau, Eurasia Review

Private Military Companies (PMCs), Private Security Companies (PSCs)...perform a variety of tasks in the areas of logistics, security, intelligence, and protection of persons, goods, and transport infrastructures. Such tasks were traditionally and...

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2 July 2012

[PDF] Report of the Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination

Author: Faiza Patel, UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries

[T]he Working Group on the use of mercenaries...reviews activities undertaken during the reporting period, including its engagement...in relation to the draft Charter of the Oversight Mechanism for the International Code of Conduct for Private...

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24 March 2012

The UK firms who tackle Somali pirates

Author: Peter Jackson, BBC News

It was a family ransom which ultimately secured the release of Hertfordshire social worker Judith Tebbutt...With the UK government saying it refuses to talk to kidnappers, the door has opened for private security firms to fill the void in this...

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28 February 2012

Private military & security contractors: a culture of impunity

Author: War on Want

War on Want...launched its campaign for tougher legal regulation of Private Military & Security Companies, criticising current attempts at regulation for showing 'no real determination to deter or punish human rights violations'...While the UK...

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27 February 2012

[PDF] Council conclusions on EU priorities at the UN Human Rights Council

Author: Council of the European Union

The Council adopted the following conclusions:...Ahead of the 19th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), the EU reaffirms its strong support to the Human Rights Council and welcomes the progress made in performing its mandate over the...

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21 February 2012

Chinese private security companies are seeing an opportunity as the U.S. withdraws troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. But plenty of complications await them.

Author: Andrew Erickson, Gabe Collins, The Diplomat [Japan]

A security vacuum is developing around Chinese workers overseas...with at least 847,000 Chinese citizen workers and 16,000 companies scattered around the globe, some of them in active conflict zones...Shandong Huawei and other emerging Chinese...

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30 January 2012

PMC Sexual Violence: It's Still a Problem

Author: David Isenberg in Huffington Post [USA]

[T]he latest issue of..."Journal of International Peace Operations," published by ISOA, a PMSC trade group, is devoted to the topic of "Women & International Security."…[T]he...release of...The Whistleblower, a fictionalized version of the...

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16 January 2012

[Intl. Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers - Consultation on Draft Charter for the Oversight Mechanism, deadline extended to 30 Mar]

Author: Steering Committee of the Intl. Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers

The Draft Charter for the Oversight Mechanism of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC) is now being presented to stakeholder for review and comment. Also available is an Explanatory Note prepared by the...

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1 January 2012

Gender and Private Military and Security Companies

Author: Anike Doherty, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) in Journal of International Peace Operations

Gender...perspectives need to be considered in all areas of peace and stability operations. Acknowledging this reality, in October 2000 the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. Since then, it has become widely...

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1 December 2011

[PDF] Transnational corporations: Major players in human rights violations

Author: Alejandro Teitelbaum, Melik Özden, CETIM

This report attempts to bring up to date the booklet entitled Transnational Corporations and Human...

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