[PDF] Civil Society Statement on the Articles of Association of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers

Author: Campaign Against Arms Trade, Engineering Professions Union, Information Center for Research and Development, IPAM, LaOnf, Un Ponte Per, Tammuz Organization for Social Development, War on Want & Women for Peace [& other individuals], Published on: 15 February 2013

The International Code of Conduct (ICoC) for Private Security Service Providers (PSCs), if accompanied by an effective governance and oversight mechanism, could be a step towards increasing transparency and disclosure of the activities of the private security industry and towards holding PSCs accountable for human rights violations...The ICoC can only be a credible initiative if: 1. The language approved during the Montreux drafting conference (February 19-22) is clear and does not leave key issues to be decided at a later date...2. The Articles of Association establish a credible third party complaints mechanism that can truly ensure remedy for victims...3. States and other clients commit to hiring only PSCs that are in full compliance with the code...4. Participating PSCs accept a credible level of independent external oversight...5. The ICoC is explicitly recognized by all participants as a stepping stone towards statutory regulation of the private security industry by states, not the end of the debate.

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