UN criticized for using private security companies

AP News
Posted: Jul 10, 2012 7:00 PM
UN criticized for using private security companies

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A non-profit organization that monitors the United Nations has published a report criticizing the U.N.'s growing use of military and security companies.

The Global Policy Forum says the U.N.'s use of these private companies is "dangerous" and "suggests a system that is unaccountable and out of control."

According to Tuesday's report, incomplete U.N. data shows a steady rise in the number of security contracts from 2006-2007, with the value increasing from $44 million in 2009 to $76 million in 2010, the latest data available.

U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said the U.N. believes it is appropriate to use armed private security contractors if the organization ensures "due diligence" in their operations.

He said the U.N. has been working on a system-wide policy for the use of armed private security companies.