October 29, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries on Tuesday urged stronger global and regulation of private security companies. The group also called on governments to hold private military and security companies (PMSCs) accountable for all of their international human rights violations. The call ...[read more]
November 5, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries on Monday urged governments to implement a binding international agreement to regulate the activities of private military and security companies (PMSCs). The working group found that current national legislation insufficiently addresses PMSC ...[read more]
February 26, 2013
by Dan Taglioli
A group of UN independent experts on Monday urged the government of Honduras to increase its oversight of the 706 registered and numerous unregistered private security companies operating in the country. The Working Group on the use of mercenaries, recently returned from a five-day mission to ...[read more]
November 13, 2012
by Blake Lynch
Undocumented foreign nationals in Libya are at risk of facing mental and physical exploitation and abuse that may include torture, Amnesty International (AI) reported Tuesday. The report urged Libyan authorities to confront issues of xenophobia and racism, which may in part be inspired by the ...[read more]
October 1, 2012
by Michael Kalis
JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law argues that the US government's refusal to prosecute those responsible for torture is a hypocritical policy that violates both domestic and international law...During the Bush administration, untold numbers of men were ...[read more]
June 5, 2012
by Jamie Davis
A Libyan military court on Monday sentenced a group of 24 men from the former Soviet Union to prison terms after finding them guilty of serving as mercenaries for former Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi. The military trial, which is the first trial to hold mercenaries accountable since the ...[read more]
May 4, 2012
by Cody Harding
On May 4, 2011, International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo announced that an investigation had uncovered enough evidence to allow him to pursue warrants for Libyan leaders for war crimes and crimes against humanity. In March 2011, the ICC launched an investigation ...[read more]
November 29, 2011
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
An estimated 7,000 detainees are still being held without due process by Libyan revolutionaries, according to a UN report made public Monday. The report to the UN Security Council, by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, says that most of the prisoners are being held in facilities maintained by ...[read more]
November 3, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
The United Nations Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries released a report on Tuesday claiming that the increase in the use of private military and security companies raises human rights challenges and should be regulated internationally. Citing the recent use of Libyan civilians to repress the ...[read more]
October 30, 2011
by Ashley Hileman
International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Sunday that he has evidence against Saif al-Islam Gaddafi for his role in planning attacks on Libyan civilians. According to Ocampo, Saif al-Islam, who remains on the run from authorities, hired mercenaries to assist him ...[read more]

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