Feature stories


Concerns over States contracting private security companies in migration situations
Concerns over States contracting private security companies in migration situations
Human rights experts describe the appalling human rights impacts of the privatisation by certain States in the Americas, Europe and Oceania of different aspects of immigration and border management, notably privately operated immigration detention facilities.
20 December 2019
Transparency and oversight needed for security arrangements in extractive industries
Transparency and oversight needed for security arrangements in extractive industries
Human rights abuses by private security actors working for extractive companies, including private military and security companies need firmer accountability and oversight by States, said Chris Kwaja, chairperson of the Working Group on the use of Mercenaries. Kwaja presented the Working Group’s report during the Human Rights Council.
25 September 2019
Improve integration of child soldiers
Improve integration of child soldiers
“We are concerned about the punitive approach taken by some States toward children associated with armed groups, including mercenaries, and insist that the best interests of the child should be the primary consideration,” said Saeed Mokbil, Chairman-Rapporteur of the Working Group on the use of mercenaries during the Human Rights Council.
1 October 2018
Foreign fighters: emerging challenge for human rights
Foreign fighters: emerging challenge for human rights
With an estimated 30,000 people fighting in armed conflicts outside their country of residence, States need guidance and information on how to deal with this emerging trend and its implications for communities.
20 April 2016
Experts call for proper oversight of private military and security firms working for the UN
Experts call for proper oversight of private military and security firms working for the UN
The UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries raises concerns about the growing practice of the use of private military and security companies by the United Nations without adequate oversight and accountability mechanisms.
3 September 2013