Governance & Security

Public or private security forces commit human rights abuses


Security forces are often necessary to protect staff and assets in conflict-affected or weak-governance countries. However, the use of security forces can give rise to human rights abuses where the training of such forces is inadequate, forces are provided weapons in excess of their mandate and/or, when the local community is not informed of public or private security operations and objectives. Abuses by security forces pose a risk to the right to life, liberty, and security of people and communities.

Relevant Human Rights Instruments

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948, Article 3
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1966, Articles 6, 9

SDG 16


SDG 16.1

Business that reduce the risk of abuse by security forces contribute to SDG 16.1: Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere.