UN Embroiled in Private Security Controversy
By Rosalind Adams, Media Global News,
August 17, 2012
Global Policy Forum’s report “Dangerous Partnerships”, released last month, has sparked a debate about the use of Private Military and Security Companies by the United Nations. The UN Department of Safety and Security (DSS) has rejected the report’s conclusions as ‘unfounded’, but has failed to provide the public with actual numbers because there is “no centralizes process” to deal with PMSCs within the UN. Requests for comments from journalists have been met with silence and the UN has thus far refused to shed light on its contracts with PMSCs.
A Global Policy Forum report released last month concludes the United Nations has increased its use of Private Military Security Companies (PMSCs) since 2006 and demands more oversight from the UN.
Experts agree that the system lacks regulation, but for some, the true problem is that use of these companies is condoned at all.
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