20.9.2006 Discussion: Human Rights and the Market for Force: An Incompatible Combination or a Manageable Challenge?

Keskustelutilaisuudessa Erik Castrén Instituutin tutkija Katja Creutz (ent. Nieminen) alusti aiheesta: Human Rights and the Market for Force: An Incompatible Combination or A Manageable Challenge?

Security – and even warfare – has increasingly become a market commodity which thousands of private security and military companies thrive on. These companies operating on the international market sell their services to states, international organizations, multinational companies or whoever is willing to pay for security, e.g. in Iraq. When we learn about abuses committed by private contractors e.g. in Abu Ghraib prison, several questions arise: what exactly are private military companies and how do they work? Do they pose a real, substantive threat to human rights? How do we get them to respect human rights? Who is responsible when abuses occur?