Evacuation from Irpin, Ukraine, March 5, 2022
ICoCA is gravely concerned by the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
As part of the aid effort, many organisations involved in providing humanitarian assistance will in all likelihood be relying on the support of private security providers (PSPs) as part of their operations.
Where Humanitarian organisations fail to conduct required human rights due diligence on their PSPs, they increase the risks for themselves and civilians they assist.
At a minimum, to mitigate these risks, humanitarian organisations in Ukraine and bordering countries looking to contract security providers should ensure that:
Donors of humanitarian organisations looking using private security providers in Ukraine and bordering countries should make sure that:
For further information on best practices for the humanitarian sector when contracting private security providers, please read the following ICoCA/GISF report and policy brief and contact email@example.com
Any suspicion or allegations of wrongdoing by private security providers contracted by humanitarian agencies and not seen to be operating in accordance with international standards, international humanitarian law or international human rights can also be communicated, in confidence to ICoCA firstname.lastname@example.org or by following this link.
Watch Jamie Williamson, Executive Director of ICoCA discussing the roles and risks of contracting Private Security Providers in conflict settings such as Ukraine, below.