UN expert group calls for regulation of private and military security companies in Somalia

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Faiza Patel

As Somalia rebuilds its security institutions, the Government should ensure that private security forces are properly regulated and do not become a substitute for competent and accountable police.

The call comes from the Chairperson of the Working Group on the use of mercenaries, Faiza Patel who has just wrapped up a seven-day mission to Somalia.

Ms. Patel says all Somalis have the right to security, not just those who can afford to pay for it.

“ We also noted that while it is important for the government to regulate the private security sector in Somalia, that the focus on private security should not detract from the really overwhelming need to develop the public security sector to make sure that all Somalis have access to competent and accountable police.”

During its visit, from 8 to 14 December, the Working Group assessed the impact of the activities of private military and security companies on the enjoyment of human rights, as well as their deployment on mainland Somalia and at sea as part of anti-piracy efforts. The UN expert Group commended the establishment of the new Government of Somalia and its efforts to build a peaceful and democratic country.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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