Uit de samenvatting van Dangerous Partnership
The United Nations is increasingly hiring Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) for a wide array of se¬curity services. The UN’s leadership says these services are needed to protect the organization’s staff and worldwide operations from growing threats and unprecedented dan¬gers. But many reports from governments, NGOs and the media have shown how PMSCs have committed serious human rights abuses, killed or injured innocent civilians, engaged in financial malfeasance and committed many other breaches of the law. Given the track record of these companies, serious questions arise as to whether PMSCs are appropriate UN partners for the complex task of cre¬ating a secure, just and lawful world. Opacity around the UN’s use of PMSCs has so far prevented a healthy debate.
This report aims to clarify the issue and reflect on its impli¬cations for the future of the UN. The report will consider the problems as well as possible solutions – not just through regulatory reform but also through re-thinking the UN’s ap¬proach to peace and security frameworks more generally. It is our hope to stimulate debate and discussion, so as to break through the silence and to re-think the role of a more democratic and effective UN in the years ahead.