About the Course


Module 11: Basic Training on Avoidance of Direct Participation in Hostilities and Complicity in Human Rights and IHL Violations

As a requirement by the Swiss Government, private security service providers and other entities engaged in connected services, and their personnel must comply with and be trained on the provisions of the Federal Act on Private Security Services Abroad (PSSA).

This course mainly targets companies operating and maintaining weapon systems and/or providing operational or logistical support to armed forces. These activities have the potential of being closely linked to armed conflict. Knowing the difference between direct participation in hostilities and general assistance is important in helping companies and their personnel avoid the liability attached to participation in hostilities.

This Module is particularly addressed to operational staff, technicians and engineers of companies providing services related to weapon maintenance, operations and logistical support.


By the end of this course the learner should be able to:

Understand that direct participation in hostilities abroad and participating in or supporting human rights/IHL violations constitutes a violation of the PSSA;

Recognise and avoid the provision of services which may be seen as direct participation in hostilities or participating in or supporting human rights or international humanitarian Law violations;

Inform and receive approval from senior management prior to carrying out activities outside the defined cahier de charge; and

Apply this knowledge at work.

*The course does not require prior knowledge of law, international humanitarian law or human rights.

Course Content


Module 11 (Basic Training on Avoidance of Direct Participation in Hostilities and Complicity in Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Violations) is a 1-hour course aimed at providing personnel of private security service providers (particularly operational staff, technicians and engineers) with basic knowledge on how to act within the law when on missions abroad.

The course is designed to help the learner understand and easily identify activities that might constitute direct participation in hostilities, or violations of domestic law, human rights and international humanitarian law (IHL).

The course is divided into 3 parts, broken down to digestible content and real-life scenarios for easy learning.

After each part, the learner will complete an evaluation to assess their knowledge of the content before moving on to the next part.

A certificate will be issued after successful completion of the course.

* The course can be taken online or offered in a class-room setting.


PSSA




This part of the Module provides a basic overview of the prohibitions of human rights and international humanitarian law (IHL) violations under the PSSA.

Direct Participation in Hostilities


One of the key concepts in international humanitarian law (IHL) is the notion of direct participation in hostilities. This part of the Module delves deep into the concept, providing scenarios which help learners differentiate acts that constitute direct participation in hostilities and those that do not.


Human Rights/IHL Violations & General Behaviours


This part of the Module covers some of the best practices which private security service providers with activities abroad as well as their personnel should adopt in order to ensure compliance with human rights, international humanitarian law (IHL) and domestic law (e.g. the PSSA).

Example Curriculum

  1.0. Basic Training on Avoidance of Direct Participation in Hostilities and Complicity in Human Rights and IHL Violations
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  2.0. Direct Participation in Hostilities
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  3.0. Human Rights/IHL Violations & General Behaviours
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Basic Training on Avoidance of DPH and Complicity in Human Rights and IHL Violations

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