Report: The market of security companies and mercenaries reached 100 billion dollars
12:30 - 20/12/2018
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The value of the market for security and mercenary companies in the world is about $ 100 billion, but the lines between the two are unclear as security companies are legal in what mercenary activity is illegal at the same time they do the same work, a Turkish TRT report showed.
"Security companies are currently playing a key role in intelligence gathering, security training, technical and technological support, and transport needs in conflict zones around the world," the report said.
"US security companies are primarily involved with British military contractors in all areas of conflict in the world, especially in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan. However, mercenaries are banned by international law, while security companies and contractors are legal."
"Under the Geneva Convention of 1989, the use of mercenaries is prohibited where the mercenary is defined as any person recruited locally or externally to fight in an armed conflict. It also prohibits the recruitment of persons, for special gain. According to the 1989 International Convention, persons who are not members of any armed forces of a party to the conflict are considered mercenaries and the use of mercenaries must be considered a crime for all States and should be tried or extradited. "
"However, only 35 countries have agreed to the Convention, which has been in force since 2001, while the large military states, particularly the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom, have not signed because of their active use of private military companies."
"Both mercenaries, private military and security companies working for money and mercenaries have nothing to do with a company, a state or a nationality. They are fighting for money only. However, private soldiers in security companies work for a recognized company registered with the authorities in a country where their operations are conducted. "
"Military and private companies are not bound by a contract, but by verbal obligation because of their illegal nature. For this reason, the industry is organized by linguistic group and common experience," said Professor Shawn McVitt.
"If you have the skills to be a special military contractor, you can also be a mercenary. The same issue, but the only difference is who is the government and non-government client, and even that difference is debatable."
"Private security companies can recruit mercenaries despite the UN embargo, which means that international law can be manipulated and illegal work is diverted into a project at a glance so neither of them can be controlled," the report said. Ending / 25 z