We support international, regional and national initiatives that strengthen private security governance, seeking to build bridges between them to ensure coherence and maximise impact.
DCAF is Secretariat of the Montreux Document Forum and a strategic partner of the International Code of Conduct Association (ICOCA). We provide regional and national advisory support to regulators, national human rights institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), media, private security companies and clients.
The Montreux Document recalls pertinent international legal obligations and encourages good practices for states related to operations of private military and security companies (PMSCs). It is currently supported by 58 states and three international organisations.
The Montreux Document Forum (MDF) seeks to support national implementation of the Montreux Document and to encourage additional states and international organisations to actively support it. The Forum further aims to strengthen dialogue related to the regulation of PMSCs. As Secretariat of the MDF, DCAF conducts research, awareness-raising, knowledge building, and provides advisory services to support implementation of the Montreux Document.
For more information, visit https://www.montreuxdocument.org/.
The International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC), adopted in 2010, articulates human rights responsibilities of private security companies, and sets out principles, standards and requirements for the responsible provision of private security services, particularly when operating in complex environments.
The International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA) is a multi-stakeholder initiative established in 2013 as a Swiss non-profit association, in which states, private security companies and civil society organisations jointly oversee the implementation of the ICoC.
DCAF supports implementation of the ICoC and works in partnership with ICoCA.
For more information, visit https://icoca.ch/.
DCAF has over a decade of experience supporting regional and national processes to improve regulation, oversight and accountability of the private security industry.
DCAF also engages in research partnerships with academia and civil society organisations, developing practical tools to ensure effective, human rights compliant legal and policy frameworks for private security.
In Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean, DCAF supports regional organizations and networks of human rights institutions committed to strengthening private security governance. In Africa, DCAF is a strategic partner to the Private Security Governance Observatory, a network of CSOs that promotes good governance of the private sector.
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