Private military & security companies

See also:

- Bulletin on private military & security companies and their impacts on human rights - recent developments

- Montreux document on Private Military and Security Companies

- International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers

- UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries


 

 


 

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13 September 2009

Prosecutors in Iraq Case See Pattern by Guards

Author: James Risen, New York Times

Private security guards who worked for Blackwater repeatedly shot wildly into the streets of Baghdad without regard for civilians long before they were involved in a 2007 shooting episode that left at least 14 Iraqis dead, federal prosecutors charge...

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11 September 2009

U.S. court dismisses Iraqi contractor torture case

Author: James Vicini, Reuters

A federal appeals court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against two U.S. defense contractors by Iraqi torture victims, saying the companies had immunity as government contractors... The plaintiffs sued CACI International Inc, which provided...

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10 August 2009
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Author: El País [Colombia]

...“Yo hacía parte de un bloque que cuidaba a políticos y diplomáticos [en Irak]...”, relata Carlos, un ex militar que se formó en los comandos del Ejército colombiano...No dice qué empresa lo contrató. “Tengo líos con ellos; líos de plata”...Carlos...

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3 August 2009
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Author: Agence France-Presse

Des experts de l'ONU estiment que l'utilisation d'agents de sécurité privés en Irak ou en Afghanistan par le gouvernement américain pose «encore problème», au cours d'une conférence de presse à Washington... «Malgré la réglementation qui a été mise en...

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1 May 2009

[PDF] Rules for the use of force - IPOA strives to create an industry-standard template [scroll to pg. 39]

Author: Natalie Ng, Journal of International Peace Operations

The IPOA-recommended Rules on the Use of Force (RUF) for Private Security Companies is a framework being drawn up by IPOA’s Private Security Companies (PSC) Working Group…[It] should be viewed as a subject-specific supplement to the IPOA Code of...

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11 January 2009

Iraq victims sue UK security firm

Author: Mark Townsend, Observer [UK]

[Erinys International] is being sued over allegations that its men opened fire on unarmed civilians and then drove away, leaving an Iraqi brother and sister fighting for their lives. The case, the first of its kind brought by British lawyers against a...

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1 January 2009
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Author: Antoine Perret, Universidad Externado de Colombia

En Colombia, el fenómeno [de la privatización de la seguridad y de la guerra] [se] desarroll[ó] con la implementación del Plan Colombia a partir del año 2000. En 2006, más de veinte empresas privadas se encargaban de proveer servicios militares en el...

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7 December 2008
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Author: AFP

Cinq agents de la société de sécurité privée Blackwater ont été inculpés pour leur responsabilité dans une fusillade qui avait coûté la vie à 17 civils irakiens à Bagdad en septembre 2007...Une enquête irakienne sur ce drame parle de "meurtre avec...

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16 October 2008

Uprising in Angola targets Leviev diamond mining company

Author: Adalah-NY

Though unreported in english media, portuguese-language reports from Angola document that a rebellion last week against diamond mining companies in the Cuango municipality in northeast Angola was repressed brutally by mining companies’ private...

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15 September 2008

International humanitarian law and private military/security companies

Author: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Private military and security companies working in situations of armed conflict are also obliged to respect the provisions of international humanitarian law (IHL). Basic facts on the issue and link to expert opinion...What is the status of the staff...

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