10.08.2017

Weekly News Update

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Ghana (03.08.17): The Ghana Police Service (GPS) has requested private security organisations (PSOs), using uniforms that look similar to State security agencies to withdraw them and submit them to the GPS. The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP), Paul Manly-Awini, declared all businesses and individuals who want to engage the services of any PSOs were being advised to check with the Police to ensure that such organisations were duly registered and operating within the law before contracting them. DCOP Awini asserted that the Police Service had embarked on an operation to arrest those violating the law, and had consequently, arrested 23 employees from 11 PSOs operating within the Greater Accra Region.

 

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United States (08.08.17): On Friday 4th August 2017 the US Court of Appeals ordered a retrial of a Blackwater security guard charged and convicted of being involved in a massacre in Baghdad’s Nisour Square in September 2007 resulting in the death of 14 armed Iraqi civilians. The court has also ordered the re-sentencing of three operatives from the private US security contractor formerly known as Blackwater, indicating that the sentences of 30 years were too harsh. According to the founder of ‘Shock Monitor’, Felipe Daza, the Blackwater case shows a lack of public accountability and scrutiny over the activities of private military and security companies (PMSCs); international tribunals and international rules that should be used to attribute responsibility to the security contractors. 

 

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West Africa & the Sahel (08.08.17): The United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) has been engaged to supporting governments and partners to implement security sector reform programmes. At a regional level, UNOWAS has supported ECOWAS in developing its policy framework on security sector reform and governance (SSRG) which was adopted by Heads of States in June 2016 in Dakar. UNOWAS continues to support these processes with the objective of promoting a coordinated approach to security sector reform in the West Africa region. At national levels, UNOWAS has supported and guided authorities to initiate SSRG in countries such as Guinea, Burkina Faso and more recently, The Gambia. 

 

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