UN Security Council approves smaller mission in Haiti

Create: 04/15/2017 - 07:49

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

said.

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

UN said.

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

development.

“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

UN said.

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”.

 
 
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