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					                                                                                                                                                                government affairs | u.n. working group
Peggy Hu



Conventional
Thinking

The U.N. Working Group on
Mercenaries Proposes a Draft
Convention on Private Contractors
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                                        IPOA President Doug Brooks and Director J. J. Messner met with the U.N. Working Group in Washington, D.C. Photo: IPOA




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                                                                                                                                                                journal of international peace operations | volume 5 | number 2 | september-october 2009
        REATED in 2005, the U.N.                   process, identifies parameters for the use              troubling for their use of the word
        Working Group on the use of                of force, establishes jurisdiction for                  “military” which implies that private, non-
        mercenaries is mandated to study,          offenses of PMSCs and outlines state                    military personnel have the same rights as
monitor and identify trends and effects            reporting requirements. Additionally, the               combatants under international law; a
associated with the use of private military        Convention seeks to create a 14-person                  clear delineation between military and
and security companies (PMSCs).                    committee to act as the international                   civilian personnel is necessary to avoid
Pursuant to this mandate, the Working              authority responsible for overseeing the                confusion. IPOA also believes that the
Group distributed its Draft International          implementation of the Convention.                       committee proposed to oversee the
Convention on the Regulation, Oversight                                                                    implementation of the Convention may
and Monitoring of Private Military and             IPOA welcomes and values the work of                    be unduly large, given the trends and size
Security Companies in July 2009.                   organizations seeking to meet the same                  of the private security industry, and that
                                                   goals of ethical and professional private               this committee should include permanent
The Working Group recently held                    sector services in complex contingency                  representation from relevant U.N.
discussions with U.S. go
				
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