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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1 June 2010

The Global Code of Conduct for Private Security Companies: why it matters to humanitarian organisations

Author: André du Plessis, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces

[I]nsecurity remains a major challenge to international humanitarian operations. In response, aid agencies have adopted several different measures and approaches, including contracting private companies to provide security services…the advantages of...

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31 May 2010

[PDF] Launch of online portal on “Business, Conflict & Peace”

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Today at the United Nations in Geneva, the non-profit Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is launching the first global information hub on “Business, Conflict & Peace”...Chris Avery, Director of the Resource Centre, said: “We are giving...

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11 May 2010

[PDF] Montreux Moves to Code Mode: Transforming words into action [scroll down to page 33]

Author: Sabrina Yow-chyi Liu, Journal of International Peace Operations

Representatives from the U.S., British and Swiss governments, as well as representatives...

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29 April 2010
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Author: Marco Sassòli, l’Université de Genève [Suisse]

En [Droit International Humanitaire], les employés des CMSP ne rentrent souvent pas dans la très restrictive définition des mercenaires. Ils ne sont en général pas non plus incorporés dans les forces armées d’une partie au conflit. Par conséquent, ils...

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7 January 2010

Draft "Global code of conduct for private security companies & private military companies" open for consultation until 30 April

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7 January 2010

The Privatisation of Security [scroll down to Draft Global Code of Conduct for Private Security Companies and Private Military Companies]

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

The first draft of the “Global Code of Conduct for Private Security Companies and Private Military Companies” is now available for public consultation. This draft Code is the result of an active collaboration of members of the private security...

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7 January 2010

[PDF] Global Code of Conduct for Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law

Author: Federal Department of Foreign Affairs [Switzerland]

Draft Global Code of Conduct....aims to recognize that private services are often performed in circumstances where the rule of law has been essentially undermined and where governments may be unable to effectively enforce the law...This code will be...

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1 January 2010

[PDF] Regulating Private Security in Sierra Leone - PSCs in Sierra Leone Face Extensive Labor Regulation Issues [scroll to pg. 29]

Author: Ian M. Ralby, in Journal of International Peace Operations

Over half of the private security companies (PSCs) in Sierra Leone are operating without licenses and are therefore outside the law. Significant problems, particularly labor issues, plague the entire industry and impinge on the overall security of the...

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9 November 2009

Sixty years of the Geneva Conventions and the decades ahead

Author: Jakob Kellenberger, president of the ICRC

[speech at the conference on the challenges for IHL posed by new threats, new actors and new means and methods of war, organized by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the ICRC]...[T]he existing principles of...

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1 October 2009

[DOC] Bridging Accountability Gaps – The Proliferation of Private Military and Security Companies and Ensuring Accountability for Human Rights Violations

Author: Human Rights Advocates

Human Rights Advocates presents this report to address the need for increased accountability over the actions of private military and security companies…this report will highlight the current reality of the use of PMSCs...the history of international...

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