25.09.2017

Weekly News Update

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India (28.08.17): Police in Pune have begun conducting searches for illegal private security agencies, operating on expired or false licences. Previous drives of the same kind have resulted in arrests for the possession of stolen items and cash by guards, and for the employment of security guards with criminal records.

 

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Russia (29.08.17): A major sector of private military companies (PMCs), still remain outside of Russian law. Policy developments have seen companies such as Wagner have increased involvement in state-devised defence across the Middle Eastern region. In 2015-2016 Wagner was heavily involved in combat operations in Syria, its main client alongside the Russian State.

 

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Philippines (01.09.17): The wages and working conditions of private security guards and other personnel involved in the private security industry have been debated by the Employers Confederation of the Philippines. House Bill 4651 seeks to impose harsher penalties against the failure of PSCs to pay minimum wages and may lead to amendments to the Private Security Agency Law.

 

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China (02.09.17):  Registered Private Security Companies (PSCs) in China totalled 4000 in 2013, employing over 4.3 million security personnel. The ongoing instability and violence which present significant threat to China’s commercial and logistical securitization along its New Silk Road has been reported as the main reason for growth in the multi-billion dollar industry.

 

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Malaysia (08.09.17): Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Yahid Hamidi announced that as of January 2018 there will be compulsory training program for armed guards and the standardization of security guard contracts with governmental departments. The changes to the requirements of private bodyguards aim to encourage a higher quality of security, to prepare security measures in case of terrorist attacks and to encourage transparency of private security companies by providing the public access to the background of all security companies.

 

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