Sustainable community approaches to peacebuilding in securitised environments: case study of Somalia.
ICoCA submission to the Foreign Affairs Commitee's inquiry on 'The Wagner Group and beyond: proxy Private Military Companies'.
A capability statement from Pilgrims Risk Management Group with reference to Ukraine and Eastern Europe.
‘Understanding Qatar’ an introduction by Matterhorn a risk management and security consultancy based in Doha, Qatar and operating throughout the GCC Region.
The purpose of this white paper published by Diaplous a leading maritime risk management provider is to inform the reader about the complex environment of maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region and to assess whether the High-Risk Area should be maintained or abolished.
When contracting with private security providers, the practices of the humanitarian sector are largely unknown. Risks are present but they are often not considered in the contracting process. Contracting PSPs may create serious concerns in terms of adhesion to humanitarian principles, leading to risks for the security, reputation, and acceptance of humanitarian organisations. This policy brief identifies why humanitarian actors should fully acknowledge these risks, and work towards more responsible private security contracting which respects humanitarian principles and does not breach any applicable duty of care. Click below to read the brief.
Recent events in Mozambique and Central African Republic have put mercenaries back in the spotlight, as the blurring of roles between regular armed forces and military contractors adds to the risks for civilians. A less dramatic but also growing phenomenon is the use of private security companies by aid agencies. The companies that provide night guards and X-ray scanners may not seem as problematic as military-style operators such as Blackwater or Wagner, but they present a package of human rights and reputational risks that is all too often underestimated.
The US Biden Administration delayed the planned 1st May 2021 withdrawal date, NATO included, to 11th September 2021, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the USA. The programme began on 1st May and is underway. After the US announcement, the Taliban did not attend the peace talks planned for mid-April in Turkey, now scheduled for after Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr. The US Embassy in Kabul has advised US Nationals to leave the country. The US Department of Defense has told its sponsored programmes to submit a thirty-day drawdown plan, and it looks likely that all will have moved their international staff out of country by 31st May.
A presentation on HELP by Andrew Pickthorn from Tysers. On March 23, 2021, ICoCA convened a panel of experts to consider how clients of private security companies can be assured their security providers are operating in accordance with international standards, human rights and international humanitarian law.
Thank you for your kind introduction Jamie and thank you for the opportunity to participate in this important webinar on reducing human rights risk. May I acknowledge the excellent work being undertaken by ICOCA under your leadership, by encouraging widespread adoption of international security standards and increasing the number of companies achieving ICoCA membership and certification.