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UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

Open-ended intergovernmental working group to consider the possibility of elaborating an international regulatory framework on the regulation, monitoring and oversight of the activities of private military and security companies


Mandate

At its 15th session, on 1 October 2010, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 15/26 [E F S A C R] by which it decided “to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group with the mandate to consider the possibility of elaborating an international regulatory framework, including, inter alia, the option of elaborating a legally binding instrument on the regulation, monitoring and oversight of the activities of private military and security companies, including their accountability, taking into consideration the principles, main elements and draft text as proposed by the Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination.”

At the conclusion of two sessions, in May 2011 and August 2012 respectively, the open-ended intergovernmental working group submitted a report with recommendations to the Human Rights Council at its 22nd session.

At its 22nd session, on 22 March 2013, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 22/33 [E F S A C R] by which it decided to "extend the mandate of the open-ended intergovernmental working group for a further period of two years in order for it to undertake and fulfil the mandate as outlined in paragraph 77 of its report".

In view of the exceptional circumstances following the passing of H.E. President Nelson Mandela, the Chair of the open-ended intergovernmental working group mandated to consider the possibility of elaborating an international regulatory framework on the regulation, monitoring and oversight of the activities of private military and security companies (Human Rights Council resolution 22/33), Ambassador A.S. Minty, has informed all delegations that the third session of the IGWG, which was scheduled to take place from 16 to 20 December 2013, has been rescheduled to 21-25 July 2014.

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