September 16, 2019
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The Disarmament and International Security Committee

Private Military Contractors

Azerbaijan Democratic Republic

Thomas Everett Dixon

Forest Hills Eastern


The use of Private Military Contractors (PMCs) throughout the world is a vital topic to discuss, as PMCs have caused many conflicts and international treaty violations in the past. The detrimental use of PMCs have been linked to many human rights violations including but not limited to, the seizure of peoples, executions without trial, unjustified detention of individuials and sexual violence. The United Nations has confronted this topic previously, in 1989 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries. This convention proclaimed that the recruitment, financing, training and use of mercenaries are to be denounced as a transgression under the convention. Azerbaijan supported, and continues to support this convention’s adoption by the United Nations. Azerbaijan deposited its instruments of ratification in support this treaty. Azerbaijan performed this action in the hope it would bring about a global decrease in human rights violations and a strengthening in self-determination. 


In Azerbaijan the use of detrimental PMCs has led to the repression of the peoples self-determination as well as lengthy conflicts. Other nations in the past have mobilized PMCs against Azerbaijan, this has led to much regional unrest and disorder. Azerbaijan is strongly against the detrimental use of mercenaries and PMCs. Azerbaijan urges the United Nations to encourage the termination of detrimental PMCs. This action would provide a secure environment in which citizens can freely express their rights, and nations can practice independence from the threats of mercenary groups. To expand upon Azerbaijan’s stance, Azerbaijan supports the implementation of restrictions and regulations as necessary in order to create a safer, and more secure international community.

Azerbaijan supports a solid approach to the elimination of detrimental PMCs, in which the issue is resolved in a way that appends to the International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries. This type of resolution would encourage countries to implement a prevention mechanism against detrimental PMCs, in effect cutting the funding, recruitment, training, and use of PMCs. Azerbaijan supports a resolution of this nature in the hope of promoting global security, and eradicating human rights violations linked to PMCs.

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