Charity slams conduct code for private military and security companies

Author: War on Want , Published on: 19 September 2013

War on Want...branded as “a licence for abuse” a new voluntary code of conduct for private military and security companies launched...in Geneva. It warned that the code will be used by companies to legitimise the industry and by governments to sidestep proper controls..."This international code of conduct leaves these firms to police themselves, lacks teeth and fails to tackle the dangerous privatisation of war...The code is a limited voluntary mechanism, does nothing to change the culture of impunity that PMSCs enjoy, and represents a licence for abuse...War on Want has consistently warned that both national standards in the UK and the code will be used by companies to legitimise the industry and by government to sidestep proper controls...War on Want supports the initiative at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to create an international, legally binding framework on PMSCs and calls on the British government to introduce binding controls on PMSCs as a matter of urgency."

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