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UN Working Group on mercenaries calls for more transparency on use of private security companies by UN

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1 August 2013

Panel: UN reliance on private military security companies growing, lacks transparency

Author: Alexandra Olson, Associated Press

An expert panel called...for more transparency surrounding the deepening reliance of the United Nations on private security companies for services from armed guards to police training. The Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries...held a series of meetings and debates...as part of its ongoing investigation into a practice that is drawing increasing scrutiny...Some academics and U.N. member countries worry that the United Nations is compromising its legitimacy by involving such firms in its peacekeeping and peace building operations...While the U.N. has taken steps to clarify its policies, panel members said many issues remain unresolved. Among those is how to hold contractors accountable for abuses committed in the field and the establishment of an oversight mechanism to ensure compliance with international standards...U.N. officials say the reliance on private security firms is reflection of an increasingly dangerous world for United Nations workers. [refers to DynCorp]

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31 July 2013

[video] Use of military contractors concerns many at UN

Author: Press TV

The United Nations currently uses private security and military contractors to carry out its work across the globe...The United Nations Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries convened a meeting...to discuss the continuing use of corporations. Many of the delegates were critical of what was said by the Working Group...[T]he delegation of...Venezuela disagreed with the contention that the world was growing less safe, and so private security firms must be hired. Many were also concerned about the lack of accountability for these forces after many scandals that took place in Iraq...[T]he delegation of...Iran raised such concerns.

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Author: José L. Gómez del Prado en El Ciudadano (Chile)

Con el fin de discutir la utilización de empresas militares y de seguridad privadas con uso de la fuerza armada para proteger al personal de las Naciones Unidas...así como la utilización...en las operaciones humanitarias y de mantenimiento de la paz, la ONU ha convocado un Panel de Expertos...El...Grupo de Trabajo de Naciones Unidas sobre la utilización de mercenarios organiza dicho Panel...Naciones Unidas contempla la posibilidad de privatizar las operaciones humanitarias y del mantenimiento de la paz...[S]e puede plantear la cuestión de si uno de los principales objetivos del Grupo de Expertos...no es...lograr un paso más en la legitimación de la utilización de empresas militares y de seguridad privadas por el sistema de las Naciones Unidas...[se refiere a Blackwater, Academi, United Resources Group, G4S, Armor Group, Triple Canopy, DynCorp, Aegis, Sandline, Saracen Uganda]

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