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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9 November 2011

[PDF] International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers

Author: Claude Wild, Directorate of Political Affairs, Federal Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Swizerland

As a statement of the good principles that private security companies should be striving towards, the ICoC is now frequently referred to in national and international fora regarding its role in helping to provide better oversight of the industry...the...

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12 October 2011

Swiss government proposes ban on mercenary firms

Author: Frederic Merat, Associated Press

Switzerland wants to banish mercenary firms and tighten the rules for private security companies based in the country in a bid to safeguard its tradition of neutrality, the government said...A draft bill submitted to parliament would ban Swiss-based...

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1 October 2011

[PDF] Companies in Conflict Situations: Advancing the Research Agenda

Author: Institut Català Internacional per la Pau

[T]he [conference’s] first panel…look[ed] at how business actors contribute to conflict through their participation in particular markets. What are the incentives for acting this way and how can states and the international community help to resolve...

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1 October 2011

[PDF] CSR in conflict and post-conflict environments: from risk management to value creation

Author: Maria Prandi and Josep M. Lozano (eds.), Escola de Cultura de Pau & ESADE: Institute for Social Innovation

[T]here are significant experiences of companies that are participating in peace-building in numerous...

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7 July 2011

Global private security industry booms

Author: Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

A booming private security industry...deploys...20 million armed personnel worldwide: twice the number of police officers, according to the annual 2011 Small Arms Survey...[T]he study says regulation and accountability mechanisms have not kept up with...

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1 July 2011

[PDF] Protected but Exposed - Multinationals and private security

Author: Elizabeth Umlas, in Small Arms Survey 2011

[Chapter summary] Multinational corporations (MNCs) are major consumers of private security...Private security companies (PSCs) themselves are under increasing scrutiny in response to allegations that they have committed human rights abuses in conflict...

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12 May 2011
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Author: Global Consortium on Security Transformation (GCST)

Durante el 12 y 13 de mayo se celebró en las dependencias del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile esta actividad, cuyo objetivo era dar a conocer y promover el Documento de Montreux en América Latina. El seminario fue organizado por los...

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1 March 2011

[PDF] Privatising security and war

Author: José L Gómez del Prado, UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries

State security functions…are being outsourced to private military and security companies in countries where conflict is displacing many people...[P]rivate military and security companies (PMSC)...are having an increasingly negative impact by causing...

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1 January 2011

[PDF] The Montreux Document on Private Military and Security Companies: Proceedings of the Regional Workshop for Latin America

Author: Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)

On the 12th and 13th of May 2011 a workshop was held in Santiago, Chile, to discuss the “Montreux Document on Pertinent International Legal Obligations and Good Practices for States related to Operations of Private Military and Security Companies...

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1 January 2011

[PDF] UN Use of Private Military and Security Companies: Practices and Policies

Author: Åse Gilje Østensen, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)

[M]ost analysts and commentators acknowledge that several members of the UN family contract PMSCs on a more or less regular basis. Similarly, the practice of UN humanitarian organisations buying services from PMSCs is also well known among observers.....

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