UNITED NATIONS, United States (CMC) — The United Nations Security Council has
extended the mandate of Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for a final six
months, deciding to replace it with a follow-up, smaller peacekeeping mission.
The UN said that the mission would help the Haitian government strengthen rule-of-law
institutions, further develop and support the Haitian National Police, and engage in human
rights monitoring, reporting and analysis.
The UN Security Council Thursday unanimously adopted resolution 2350 (2017),
under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.
It also decided that MINUSTAH’s military component would be drawn down during
the final six-month period, and requested that the Secretary-General begin
immediately to phase out the Mission’s tasks.
It also requested that MINUSTAH prioritise efforts to ensure a “successful and
responsible transition” to the new entity, to be known as the United Nations
Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH).
Also by the text, the new mission would be headed by a Special Representative
of the Secretary-General, who would also play a “good-offices and advocacy
role at the political level to ensure full implementation of the mandate,” the UN
It said MINUJUSTH would comprise up to seven “formed police units (FPUs),” or
980 FPU personnel, and 295 individual police officers, for an initial six months,
from October 16, 2017 until April 15, 2018.
MINUSTAH’s current military component would withdraw fully by October 15, the
Further, the Security Council decided that MINUJUSTH’s rule-of-law mandate,
including efforts to reduce community violence and quick impact projects, “would
be part of a strategy to ensure a continuing, progressive transition to
“At the same time, the council recognised the ownership and primary
responsibility of the Government and people of Haiti over all aspects of their
country’s development, and encouraged the mission to provide logistical and
technical expertise, within available means and consistent with its mandate,” the
The UN said the new mission was also authorized to “protect civilians under
imminent threat of physical violence, within its capabilities and areas of
deployment, as needed.
Earlier this week, MINUSTAH chief Sandra Honoré told the UN Security Council
that Haiti had made significant progress in consolidating democracy and
maintaining security and stability with the inauguration of Jovenel Moïse as
President on February 7, marking the restoration of constitutional order.
But the UN noted that in spite of these gains, pockets of fragility persisted and
political challenges remained.
Honoré, however, said it was time to reshape the partnership among the
international community, the United Nations and Haiti, “with a view to monitoring
concerns, such as human rights issues, and ensuring that progress made since
MINUSTAH’s 2004 establishment endure”.