The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) supports international, regional and national efforts to regulate the private security industry. In particular, DCAF is a strategic implementing partner for two complementary processes, the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers and the Montreux Document on pertinent international legal obligations and good practices for states related to operations of private military and security companies during armed conflict.
DCAF also contributes to other Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the wider security governance field. As an Observer to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, DCAF together with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) develops guidance for extractives companies working with public and private security in their operations. DCAF also seeks opportunities to foster innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships that address the security governance dimensions of the internet.
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