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Mercenaries

Action Against Private Military Security Companies in Switzerland

Nina Regli

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan arrived in Switzerland this year: a Swiss newspaper reported that Aegis Defence Service, one of the biggest private security companies, had opened a holding base in Basel. Aegis Defence Service, based primarily in London, employs 20,000 mercenaries in Iraq and Afghanistan who typically work on contract for the American defence ministry.

U.S. Congressional Wartime Commission Targets Armed Contractors

Pratap Chatterjee

On June 21 Jerry Torres, whose company provides translators and armed security guards in Iraq, was invited to testify before the Commission on Wartime Contracting (CWC). The bi-partisan body was created by the U.S. Congress in early 2008 to investigate waste, fraud and abuse in military contracting services in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Private contractors and sexual assault in Iraq

Lisa Cullen

A mother of five who says she was sexually harassed and assaulted while working for Halliburton/KBR in Iraq is headed for a secretive arbitration process rather than being able to present her case in open court.
What it means: instead of having her case heard in court like a normal American citizen, Barker will have it dealt with in behind-the-scenes, private arbitration.

Then read what the judge actually said.

Report from WRI's International Conference: "Nonviolent Livelihood Struggles and Global Militarism"

Between the 22 -25 of January 2010, WRI held its international conference in Ahmedabad, India. One of the main topics of the conference was the issue of war profiteering, with a special relation to its impact to the livelihoods of local communities. Here we report on some of the workshops on this topic.

Transnational campaigning against war profiteering – making links with the arms trade movement (ENAAT) and the local communities

Facilitator: Wendela de Vries

Blackwater Founder Implicated in Murder

A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia, USA. The two men claim that the company's owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company.

22 Arrested at Blackwater's Illinois Compound

On the 27th of April twenty-two people were arrested at the Blackwater/Xe compound in Jo Daviess County Illinois as they carried out a nonviolent direct action against a company at the centre of some of the worst violence in Iraq. They were part of a larger group of about 75 people who marched on Blackwater to serve the company with a Notice of Foreclosure for Moral Bankruptcy.

Control Risks Group

Control Risks Group is a private risk consultancy firm that provides advice and services that enable companies, governments and international organisations to accelerate opportunities and manage strategic and operational risks. With a headquarter in London, Control Risks was founded in 1975 by Timothy Royle, CEO of the Hogg Robinson insurance and travel group as a subsidiary of Hogg Robinson, it became the first company to provide advice to clients involved in kidnap situations.

ArmorGroup

For over 25 years ArmorGroup has been recognised as a leading provider of defensive and protective security services to national governments, multinational corporations and international peace and security organisations operating in hostile environments.
ArmorGroup is headquartered in London and was acquired by G4S plc, the world’s leading international security solutions group, in May 2008.

Erinys International and Erinys Iraq

Structure Erinys International Ltd is a British private security company registered in the British Virgin Islands. The Group operational HQ is in Dubai, UAE and other offices are in London (Erinys UK Ltd) and Johannesburg (Erinys South Africa Ltd).
Erinys International has subsidiaries in the UK, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Republic of Congo and associated companies in Iraq and Nigeria.

War on Want - campaign on mercenaries

About the campaign

War on Want fights poverty in developing countries in partnership with people affected by globalisation. They campaign for human rights and against the root causes of global poverty, inequality and injustice.

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