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Common Dreams – ‘Dangerous Partnership’ : The UN’s Increasing Use Of Mercenary Firms – 12 July 2012

The United Nations is increasingly hiring private military contractors for protecting its staff and operations, threat assessments, and a wide array of security services.

According to a new report by the independent policy watchdog Global Policy Forum, the increased used of mercenary-style groups by the world body is both troubling and dangerous. Citing various reports from governments, NGOs and media outlets, the GPF says such firms have a history of committing serious human rights abuses, killing or injuring innocent civilians, engaging in financial malfeasance and other breaches of national and international laws. Continue reading