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War on Want criticises UK Govt. for increasing use of private security companies without introducing law to curb their human rights abuses

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Company response
14 April 2008

Response to allegations made by War on Want against Erinys

Author: Erinys

In the past six months War on Want [WoW] has published a number of Press Releases (and written to the Foreign Secretary) making serious allegations against Erinys. These include accusations of human rights abuses, prisoner abuse, plunder of Iraqi oil and employing ‘apartheid-era’ South African paramilitaries…WoW have referred on several occasions…to employees of Erinys International opening fire on a taxi near Kirkuk, wounding three civilians…[T]he incident in Kirkuk is not an example of human rights abuse but of a professional response in self-defence against a potential vehicle-borne suicide bomb. WoW has made it clear that Erinys is not one of the companies it intended to accuse of being involved in unlawful killings.

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Article
27 February 2008

[DOC] Aegis statement regarding "Trophy video"

Author: Aegis

The alleged incident refers to a homemade, compilation video posted on the internet in October 2005 by a former, disgruntled contractor in a malicious attempt to discredit Aegis. The compilation video and the different incidents it portrayed were fully investigated by the US Army and by an independent Panel of Inquiry organized by Aegis. Both investigations confirmed that all of the circumstances, when seen in context, were within the approved and accepted Rules for the Use of Force, that no crime had been committed, and that there was no case to answer.

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Article
23 May 2007

[PDF] ArmorGroup International plc - Response to misleading War on Want report

Author: ArmorGroup

ArmorGroup International plc has strong reservations about the War on Want report titled “Corporate Mercenaries”, which it believes is derogatory, factually misleading and potentially damaging to the company…[T]he…report…[has] misleading or factually incorrect statements…about ArmorGroup…ArmorGroup adheres to a number of international codes of conduct covering the behaviour of the Group and its employees globally…

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Article
30 October 2006

Corporate Mercenaries

Author: War on Want

The British government today comes under attack for its growing use of mercenaries in conflict zones while failing to introduce legislation to tackle their human rights abuses. A new report launched today by War on Want reveals that no prosecutions have followed hundreds of accounts of personnel from private military and security firms committing abuses in Iraq. [refers to Aegis Defence Services, Sandline International, DSC (part of ArmorGroup).]

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