05.08.2016

Weekly News Update

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Somalia (26.07.2016): Al Shabaab suicide bombers killed seven private security personnel at the UN and African Union base in the Somali capital. The two attackers detonated bombs which shattered windows in the Mogadishu airport and killed security guards as they escorted UN personnel into the base.

 

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Brazil (29.07.2016): A week before the opening of the 2016 Olympic Games, host country Brazil has fired the private security company it hired to screen attendees, replacing them with state police. The company, Artel, was contracted to provide 3400 security guards and run metal detectors at Olympic venues – but as of last week had only recruited 500 personnel. Brazil confirmed that Artel will be fined for its failure to perform its contract.

 

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Germany (01.08.2016): The Federal Association for Private Security (BDSW) in Germany has reported that the recent spate of terror-related attacks in the country have prompted a surge in private security demand such that companies no longer have enough employees to meet requests. BDSW also reported an increased demand to guard refugee locations, which have increasingly become targets for far-right violence. The number of PSC personnel employed in Germany saw an increase of 15% last year.

 

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Uganda (02.08.2016): The annual Ugandan conference on economic, social and cultural rights will focus this year on accountability for corporate abuses in the context of business and human rights. The Initiative for Social and Economic Rights has released a call for abstracts, including on the subject of the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in decision-making processes.

 

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