Security Council Adjusts UNMIL’s Mandate

The U.N. Security Council has mandated the U.N. Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to assist Liberia implement the national strategy on the Security Sector Reform in accordance with its draw-down plan.

The Council mandated that UNMIL should advise the Liberian Government on security reform and the organization of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Bureau of Immigration, as well as the justice and correction sector.

The council’s mandate was contained in Resolution 2239 adopted by the Security Council at its 7525th meeting on September 17, 2015.

In the resolution, which also extends the mandate of UNMIL until September 2016, the council emphasized that this mandate should be implemented in close coordination with bilateral and multilateral partners.

The mandate also stressed that UNMIL will protect the civilian population from threat of physical violence, within its capabilities and areas of deployment without prejudice to the primary responsibility of Liberian authorities.

UNMIL will also be required, in line with the mandate, to carry out promotion, protection and monitoring of human rights activities in Liberia, with specific attention to violation and abuses committed against children and women.

The U.N. Mission is also mandated to support and strengthen the efforts of the Government of Liberia to combat sexual and gender-based violence, as well as government’s effort to combat impunity for perpetrators of said crimes.

According to the mandate, UNMIL will maintain and provide security for U.N. personnel, installations and equipment as well as ensure the protection and freedom of movement of associate U.N. personnel.

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