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Mapping study on Montreux Document outreach and implementation

Author: Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), Published on: 13 September 2017

[T]his Mapping Study...seeks to support the articulation of a new vision for the effective regulation of private military and security companies (PMSCs) in the coming years. As a departure point for discussion, the study seeks to inform Montreux Document participants on how the Montreux Document Forum (MDF) institutionally could further support implementation of effective regulatory and oversight frameworks on PMSCs... 

[The report makes three recommendations:]

1. [T]he [MDF] could support knowledge building and further research around the issues of PMSCs contracted in refugee and asylum centres and criminal detention centres, the use of PMSCs by humanitarian actors, the roles of PMSCs in counterterrorism initiatives... 

2. [It] could focus future efforts in engaging and energizing current MD participants from underrepresented regions [with the goal of communicating the message of the MD more widely and broadly]...

3. Following the development of the Legislative Guidance Tool and the Contract Guidance Tool, practical resources now exist to support states in tackling law and policy challenges. These tools should be widely disseminated to address the current challenges faced by states... [S]upport for the implementation of these guidance tools...could consider the development of new guidance tools to further assist states and international organisations in implementing the MD...

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