Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New Code of Conduct Signed

A new code of conduct developed by industry and governments was signed by 58 companies including  DynCorp International, Xe Services and Britain's G4S. The code pledges to respect human rights and the rule of law in conflict zones, hopefully to limit abuses against the local population and reckless behavior.

"This initiative has the potential to address gaps in oversight and accountability," said Harold Koh of the U.S. State Department. 

The code might also help avert the expulsion of private security companies from Afghanistan, recently ordered by President Hamid Karzai. The move was postponed after an outcry from foreign diplomats and aid groups, who are the main clients for the estimated 30,000 to 40,000 private security guards in Afghanistan.

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