Second session of the Open-ended intergovernmental working group to elaborate the content of an international regulatory framework, without prejudging the nature thereof, relating to the activities of private military and security companies

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On 28 September 2017, the Human Rights Council in its resolution 36/11 decided to establish a new open-ended intergovernmental working group, for a period of three years, with a mandate to elaborate the content of an international regulatory framework, without prejudging the nature thereof, to protect human rights and ensure accountability for violations and abuses relating to the activities of private military and security companies, to be informed by the discussion document on elements for an international regulatory framework on the regulation, monitoring and oversight of the activities of private military and security companies, as prepared by the Chair-Rapporteur, and further inputs from Member States and other stakeholders.

The Human Rights Council also acknowledged the importance of providing the working group with the expertise and expert advice necessary to fulfil its mandate, and decided that the working group shall invite experts and all relevant stakeholders to participate in its work. The Council invited the contributions of Governments, relevant special procedure mandate holders and mechanisms of the Human Rights Council, the treaty bodies, regional groups, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, the industry and other stakeholders with relevant expertise, including the Co-Chairs of the Montreux Document Forum and the International Code of Conduct Association.

The first session of the intergovernmental working group took place from 20 to 23 May 2019 at Palais des Nations, room XX. The report is available at : https://undocs.org/A/HRC/42/36.

On 6 October 2020, the Human Rights Council in its resolution 45/16 decided to renew the mandate of the open-ended intergovernmental working group for a period of three years, with the same mandate as in resolution 36/11.

The second session of the intergovernmental working group took place from 26 to 29 April 2021. Please submit any factual corrections or clarifications on the draft summary report of the second session by Monday 17 May 2021 at igwg-pmsc@ohchr.org

Iin line with operative paragraph 4 of resolution 45/16, written contributions were sought from Governments, relevant special procedure mandate holders and mechanisms of the Human Rights Council, the treaty bodies, regional groups, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, the industry and other stakeholders with relevant expertise, including the Co-Chairs of the Montreux Document Forum and the International Code of Conduct Association.

Responses to the call for submission:

Submissions by Member States

Submissions by International Organizations

Submissions by Civil Society Organizations

Submissions by other stakeholders

Documentation

Pre-session documents
Provisional agenda (A/HRC/WG.17/2/1) العربية | 中文 | English | Français | русский | Español
Draft programme of work English only
Background note on the history of the IGWG on PMSCs English only
Compilation of recommendations from past sessions of the IGWG on PMSCs English only
Discussion Document: Elements for an international regulatory framework on the regulation, monitoring and oversight of the activities of private military and security companies (as extracted from A/HRC/36/36 pp. 4-5) English only

Event recording

Audio recordings of the event in the six UN languages (listed by speaker in chronological order)

ORAL STATEMENTS:

Opening of the session

General statements

States

International Organizations

Presentations by experts and relevant stakeholders

Objectives and Principles of the regulatory framework (Element 2 and 3)

States

Non-governmental organizations

Obligations of Contracting States (Element 4); Territorial States (Element 5); Home States (Element 6) and State of Nationality (Element 7)

States 
Non-governmental organizations
Private military and security companies (Element 8); Definitions and interpretations (Element 1)

Non-governmental organizations
Additional elements to be considered

Non-governmental organizations

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