Private security contracting in the humanitarian sector time to take responsibility

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.

2021-10-25T17:49:05+01:00October 25, 2021|News & Views|

Aid agency security is a disaster waiting to happen

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.

2021-05-21T13:53:56+01:00May 21, 2021|News & Views|

How is the US withdrawal from Afghanistan impacting Security?

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.

2022-02-02T15:14:15+00:00May 13, 2021|News & Views|

Reducing human rights risk in your private security supply chain

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.

2021-03-25T17:13:45+00:00March 25, 2021|News & Views|