Private security must be held accountable, says rights investigator

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Christof Heyns, UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings and the right to life. UN File Photo/Yubi Hoffmann

The use of force by private security firms is a "fact of modern life" but it should be subject to far greater controls and accountability, a top UN human rights investigator said Tuesday.

Christof Heyns, who's the UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings and the right to life, was speaking at the Geneva assembly where he presented a new report.

In recent months Mr Heyns has also visited Ukraine and Burundi; he spoke about human rights issues there to Daniel Johnson, but first about his concerns on non-state private security.

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