09.09.2016

Weekly News Update

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Brazil (25.08.2016): Aquila Internacional, the first Brazilian private military company, has been founded in Brasilia recently. Established by professionals who served in the Brazilian Army, the company provides services to clients operating in complex environments. The services include protection of persons and property, consulting and trainings for security forces.

 

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Spain (28.08.2016): Between 2010 and 2014, only 1 out of 10 officers leaving the public security service voluntarily was replaced. The private security sector profited from this job loss in the public sector: 2015 marked the year of private security providers outnumbering the public security force in Spain. This can be explained by the economic crisis which led to a drastic reduction of job offers in the field of public security. As a result of the new law on private security (entered into force on June 2014) increasing the capacity of the industry, the future of private security companies will continue to thrive.

 

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Africa (29.08.2016): The focal point of global piracy is shifting to the Gulf of Guinea with a spurt of attacks in West African countries such as Nigeria. Restrictions on the use of private armed guards on board of ships passing through the Gulf of Guinea strategically limits the ability to tackle the menace, but new initiatives are being taken. Unlike in the Gulf of Aden, where private armed guards were widely available, in the Gulf of Guinea such personnel can only be hired from the coastal states of the region. Shipping companies privately express concern that some of the private security personnel employed from the coastal states may leak information to criminal elements and there should be more independence regarding the hiring guards from outside the region.

 

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Mexico (30.08.2016): A coalition of Organisations from Civil Society accused companies of violating human rights in Mexico. Their report was presented to the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights documenting numerous cases of human rights violations; some of these cases are referring to the involvement of private security companies. A first report on the findings of the Working Group will follow on 7 September 2016.

 

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Canada (04.09.2016): The borough of Verdun canceled its contract for breach of trust with a private security company that was hired to patrol the street as well as issuing fine for small offenses such as noise and animal complaints. Repeat failure to the agreed services where witnessed, such as security employees sleeping on the job or fabricated salary claims.

 

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US (09.09.2016): The North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board opened investigation into whether the private security agents who entered in conflict with protesters were licensed and if their use of force was appropriate. The incident occurred at a worksite for the Dakota Access Pipeline where workers were bulldozing what the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe claimed to be a sacred site. Protesters entered the site and clashed with private security guards: protesters said they were pepper-sprayed and bitten by dogs handled by the security personnel; three private security agents were also reported injured. The Board has not yet identified which private security agencies were working there at the time.

 

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Cost Rica (09.09.2016): The Government issued a new law, stating that only private security companies providing valuables or merchandise custody services or bodyguard services are allowed to carry firearms. Private security companies offering other types of services who want to have armed agents must submit a technical study to justify their need of firearms. The report has to be issued by a criminologist or a professional accredited in security; the Directorate of Private Security Services Ministry will issue the decision.

 

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