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UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries concludes visit to Afghanistan

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9 April 2009

Expert group on mercenaries concludes visit to Afghanistan

Author: United Nations Human Rights Council, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

The United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries...concluded its five-day visit to Afghanistan today. The objectives of the visit were to discuss with Government authorities and relevant stakeholders the scope and nature of the activities of private military and security companies in Afghanistan and their impact on the enjoyment of human rights. The Working Group also gathered information about national efforts to regulate such companies in the context of its current work on elaborating a new international convention on private military and security companies.

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9 April 2009

Press conference by Amada Benavides and Alexander Nikitin of the UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries, and Dan McNorton, UNAMA [UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan] Public Information Officer

Author: United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)

Afghanistan is among the few countries where this specific regulation is elaborated to regulate national and international private security companies. The Regulation which was adopted in February 2008 here in Afghanistan has led to the licensing of 39 Afghan and foreign companies and the registration of their personnel and weapons, as well as presentation by them of relatively regular reports. Now, three days ago, the Ministry of Justice introduced to Parliament a draft law on private security companies...

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Author: Centro de Noticias ONU

El Grupo de Trabajo de la ONU sobre el uso de mercenarios concluyó una visita de cinco días a Afganistán…el Grupo discutió con las autoridades gubernamentales la implementación de instrumentos legales para regular las actividades de las compañías privadas militares y de seguridad…el equipo analizará de qué manera esta actividad impacta en la protección de los derechos humanos, incluyendo el derecho de las víctimas a una compensación efectiva.

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