International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers signed by close to 60 companies

(Source: FDFA Information, 9.11.2010)

Bern, 09.11.2010 - Geneva, 9 November 2010 - Today, close to 60 private security providers signed an international code of conduct and committed to respecting human rights and humanitarian law in their operations. The initiative for this document, which is the first of its kind, was launched jointly by Switzerland and industry associations with the support of main governmental clients, humanitarian organisations and civil society.

The International Code of Conduct (ICoC ) was elaborated in the last 14 months with the objectives of improving industries’ standards and ensuring respect for human rights and humanitarian law by private security service providers. “In conflicts non-state actors like private security service providers are of increasing importance. Therefore the commitment of private security providers to respect and support international standards is an important step in order to strengthen human rights and humanitarian law”, said State Secretary Peter Maurer of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs while addressing media.  

The ICoC is based on the assumption that companies must respect human rights independently from the condition of national state law. For this reason the ICoC repeats important prohibitions like the prohibition to kill, the prohibition to torture, to discriminate or the prohibition of human trafficking.

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