Omar Mateen Was With G4S, In UN Global Compact, ICP Asks, Monitoring
NATIONS, June 14 -- The killer in Orlando, Omar Mateen, worked since 2007 at private military contractor G4S. A co-worker there is quoted that it was “quite apparent that the guy had anger issues and was very unstable” -- but G4S kept him on.
G4S is a member of the UN Global Compact, and when Inner City Press asked the UN why this mercenary firm was a member, the response was the business is “not illegal.” How about, irresponsible?
On June 14, Inner City Press asked Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Stephane Dujarric, UN transcript here:
Inner City Press: the shootings in Orlando, the… the shooter, or Omar Mateen, was an employee of this G4S, which is a security or private military contractor. And it's come up before in this room, because somehow it's a member of the Global Compact, even though there are many controversies surrounding its actions. It was said… The Wall Street Journal quoted one of his co-workers as saying he had anger issues and was very unstable. I'm just wondering if there are any… what's the procedure for the UN Global Compact, number one, allowing in a company that's basically a mercenary or private military contractor, but, two, when it becomes clear that they're providing automatic weapons to somebody who is described as having…?
Spokesman Dujarric: Okay. I think we're jumping to conclusions here. First of all, I know our colleagues at Global Compact are as saddened and heart-broken as we are all about what happened in Florida. Whenever concerns are raised about a company, such as the one you mentioned, contacts are had, and they are having… there are being… they are monitoring the investigation at this point, and they will monitor and decide whether or not appropriate action should be taken with G4S' place in the Global Compact.
Inner City Press: And is there any… just relatedly, on the Global Compact, are there any Ng Lap Seng-affiliated or funded companies that remain… at one time, the World Harmony Foundation was in…?
Spokesman: Not that I'm aware of, but that's a question you need to ask them.
The UN Global Compact allows companies to claim
affiliation with the United Nations as long as their practices are
not illegal -- and even then, the Global
Compact put on its board of
directors a South Korean businessman convicted of fraud with the SK
Group, Chey Tae-won.
March 15, Inner
City Press asked UN spokesman Martin Nesirky if Secretary General Ban
Ki-moon has any problem with his Global
Compact allowing the company
G4S to join, despite it being a private military contractors which
has even “supplied
security technology to seven Israeli prisons and
two remand prisons located in Israel and on the occupied West Bank.”
was to say that Ban has confidence in long time Global Compact
director Georg Kell.
reportedly faced prosecution for the death of an Angolan deportee in
the UK - click here
and the Compact's spokesman Matthias Stausberg sent Inner City
Press a previously put out response to criticism of the Compact by
the UN's own Joint Inspection Unit. Inner City Press replied:
noon briefing I asked about the Global Compact accepting private
military contractor G4S into the Compact, despite protests about its
involvement in, for example, prisons in the Occupied Palestinian
Territories. This is what I am requesting a Secretariat response on,
thank in advance.
for more time to respond -- therefore this couldn't be included in
story -- and subsequently on this point wrote to Inner
City Press that “the provision of private security services is
not an illegal activity. We therefore saw no reason to deny G4S
participation in the UN Global Compact.”
Stausberg's full response, praising and defending G4S, is set forth
below. While he raises a question about the term “mercenaries,”
we note that private military contractors, and even forms of
mercenaries, are not illegal either.
question: should the only standard
applied by and to the UN Global Compact be
whether an activity is “legal”? Manufacturing weapons is legal,
as is the production of pornography.
Global Compact allow pornographers and weapons merchants to join?
In any event,
as to G4S, note
Yard is considering bringing a corporate manslaughter charge [under
the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007] against
the world's largest private security firm over the death of an
Detectives investigating the death of Jimmy
Mubenga, who collapsed while being deported on a commercial flight
from Heathrow, have interviewed whistleblowers from G4S, the company
hired by the government to deport foreign nationals.
considering whether the company could be held responsible for his
death under rarely used legislation that came into force three years
Now what will the UN and Global
Compact do? Watch this site.
Q at noon re Global Compact accepting private military
contractor G4S into the Compact
From: Matthias Stausberg [at]
To: Matthew Lee [at] InnerCityPress.org
Cc: Kristen Coco
[at] un.org, Farhan Haq [at] un.org, Martin Nesirky [at] un.org,
Ursula Wynhoven [at] un.org
here are some answers for you:
you use the
term "mercenary", can you please clarify (and provide
sources) which current G4S activities you believe would qualify
under commonly accepted definitions of the term mercenary (e.g., as
in the International Convention against the Recruitment, Use,
Financing and Training of Mercenaries)?
The provision of private security services is not an
activity. We therefore saw no reason to deny G4S participation in the
UN Global Compact.
Regarding the specific provision of security technology to various
clients in Israel and the Occupied Territories, please note the
recent announcement by G4S that it will cease providing certain
services and technologies through its Israeli subsidiary.
Please note also that G4S is a signatory to the International Code of
Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC), which was
launched in November 2010 as a voluntary initiative to improve
industry standards and ensuring respect for human rights and
humanitarian law by private security service providers. While the
ICoC is not intended to replace national regulation and state
control, it marks a critical effort to clarify the role of non-state
actors in this arena.
regarding the announcement of getting out of the West Bank, note that
G4S' predecessor Group 4 Falck made a similar claim in 2002 which was
subsequently disproved. But the question raised is not limited to G4S
but to whether the only standard applied by and to the UN Global
should be whether an activity is “legal”? Under Ban Ki-moon, the UN descended into taking sponsorship money for its slavery memorial from Macau based businessman Ng Lap Seng, then evicting the Press which reported on it. Watch this site.