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ISS Seminar, Addis Ababa: The Privatization of Security: Implications for the African Union and African States
Date: 5 March 2010
Venue: Hilton Addis Ababa Hotel, Menelik II Avenue, Addis Ababa

Presented by the Security Sector Governance Programme (SSGP-Pretoria) and the African Conflict Prevention Programme (ACPP-Addis Ababa).

Through this Seminar, the Security Sector Governance Programme (ISS-Pretoria) in collaboration with the African Conflict Prevention Programme (ISS-Addis Ababa) seek to create a forum for engaging in a debate that would be aimed at identifying the nature of the problems and/or challenges associated with the use of Private Military/Security Companies (PMSCs) in Africa and to discuss the strategies for addressing these problems and/or challenges faced by African States especially in so far as regulating, monitoring and overseeing PMSCs within their jurisdictions. The main purpose of this Seminar, therefore, is to build a knowledge foundation for the regional consultation of the United Nations 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 with African States, which is aimed at elaborating on guidelines, norms and basic principles for the regulation and oversight of the activities of PMSCs in order to encourage further protection of human rights.

CHAIRPERSON:

Her Excellency MichàƒÂ¨le LàƒÂ©vesque, Ambassador of Canada to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union

SPEAKERS:

The Role of the United Nations Working Group on Mercenaries in Addressing Private Military and Security Companies
Ms. Shaista Shameem, Chairperson-Rapporteur of the United Nations Working Group on the use of Mercenaries

The Diverse Roles and Challenges of Private Military and Security Companies in Africa
Mr. Sabelo Gumedze, Senior Researcher, Institute for Security Studies

The Role of the African Union in Addressing the Use and Misuse of Private Military and Security Companies in Africa
Mr. Laurence Juma, Associate Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, Rhodes University

Please note that discussions occur under ISS rules

 
Venue:
Hilton Addis Ababa Hotel
Menelik II Avenue
Addis Ababa
RSVP:
Mrs. Mariamawit Wole 
E-mail: mwole@issafrica.org
Phone:(+251) 011-372-11-54
Fax:(+251) 011-372-59-54 
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