Private Security Companies and Human Rights

The media and civil society in Myanmar are beginning to take note of the burgeoning private security industry in Myanmar. A recent article in the Myanmar Times looks at their expansion. It notes that more security companies are likely as investors eschew working with the military due to its terrible previous human rights record as a security provider. When intervened for the article I explained that this is a dangerous situation for Myanmar as most investment will occur in areas prone to conflict often on disputed land. I noted that private security companies are hired as sub contractors and this can reduce the company’s liability if human rights abuses occur.  The full article is available here:

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/12712-the-rise-of-private-security.html

Trainee security guards study in a basement classroom at Aspect’s Yangon headquarters. (Zarni Phyo/The Myanmar Times)

Trainee security guards study in a basement classroom at Aspect’s Yangon headquarters. (Zarni Phyo/The Myanmar Times)

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