Weekly News Update

Implementation of the 2011 United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the maritime environment. Credit: www.maritime-executive.com


Kenya: In light of terror attacks in the country, members of Parliament are expected to begin a crucial debate on whether security guards are to be armed with guns. Changes to the Private Security Regulations Bill introducing gun possession for security guards had earlier been scrapped at the committee stage of the proposed law, but Makadara MP Benson Mutura is of a contrary opinion and wants them back: https://tuko.co.ke/112885-kenyan-watchmen-private-security-guards-may-now-armed-guns.html


South Africa: The Department of Labour is to step up labour legislation compliance efforts within the private security sector. Legal action will be taken against security companies found to be non-compliant with the law: http://allafrica.com/stories/201603310354.html


Togo: Acknowledging the inability of security forces to handle Jihadist threats alone, the Togolese government is preparing to train security guards from private firms to assist in intelligence gathering: http://www.newsghana.com.gh/togolese-govt-meet-private-security-firms-to-tackle-jihadist-threats/ 


International: The independent maritime human rights charity Human Rights at Sea delivered the first in a series of new publications specifically focused on the implementation of the 2011 United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the maritime environment: http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/maritime-business-and-human-rights-issues-clarified


USA:  According to an Associate Professor in the College of Security Studies at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, the United States needs to treat greater operational transparency in the South China Sea as a strategic imperative. Investing greater resources and political capital toward increasing the shared maritime awareness of Southeast Asian states may help prevent the eruption of another major armed conflict will not happen without U.S. leadership: http://nationalinterest.org/feature/saving-the-south-china-sea-without-starting-world-war-iii-15624?page=2