UN expert group meets Asian states to discuss private military and security companies

Regional Consultation on Mercenaries

Regional Consultation on Mercenaries

Representatives of states from Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East will convene on 26 and 27 October in Bangkok at the invitation of the Working Group on the use of mercenaries* to discuss current practices of mercenaries and private military and security companies registered, operating or recruiting personnel in the region.

State representatives will also discuss legislation or other measures to regulate and monitor the activities of private military and security companies on the international market. The exchange of best practices and lessons learned on the monitoring and regulation of the activities of private military and security companies is of key importance, said Shaista Shameem, Chairperson/Rapporteur of the Working Group.

The consequences of the proliferation of private military and security companies on the role of the State, in particular the States ability to continue fulfilling inherently governmental functions in security and military areas, will also be discussed.

The Working Group said it welcomes this opportunity to build on national experience in the region to discuss general guidelines and principles for national and international regulation and oversight of the activities of private companies with the aim of encouraging the protection of human rights.

(*) The Working Group is composed of five independent experts serving in their personal capacities: Ms. Shaista Shameem (Chairperson-Rapporteur, Fiji), Ms. Najat al-Hajjaji (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya), Ms. Amada Benavides de Prez (Colombia), Mr. Jos Luis Gmez del Prado (Spain), and Mr. Alexander Nikitin (Russian Federation).

The Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination was established in 2005 by the Commission on Human Rights.

Learn more about the mandate and work of the Working Group on the use of mercenaries:
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/mercenaries/index.htm

For more information and media requests, please contact Ms Julie Ttard (e-mail: jtetard@ohchr.org) or write to wgmercenaries@ohchr.org