UN Peacekeeping Missions and HR

Skapad: 2011-03-22, Senast uppdaterad: 2011-11-08

For most contemporary UN Peacekeeping Missions human rights (HR) is mentioned as an area to be observed in their mandate or in the Security Council Declaration establishing the Mission.

Exceptions, today, are the three Middle East Missions, all established pre 1978: UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO).

The UN Peacekeeping Fact Sheet gives detailed facts and figures of the current Missions and their activities.

The Swedish Western Sahara Action has edited a special list of the current Missions, showing quotes from their respective mandates or Security Council Declarations indicating their responsabilities in relation to HR.

There, MINURSO is unique among post 1978 Missions in not having any reference to human rights. On the contrary, the Security Council has repeatedly discussed, but rejected, demands to include monitoring of human rights in the MINURSO mandate, with France as the most persistant opponent.

As a contrast, a statement by the President of the Security Concil, September 2004, underlines the civilian asppects of conflict management and peace building. "In this context, it is important that there is coordination between the civilian and military components in crisis management from the first phase of integrated mission planning", the President writes. See attached document below.

Peacekeeping Fact Sheet.doc77.5 kB
UN Peacekeeping Missions and HR.doc51.5 kB
Security Council S-PRST-2004-33.pdf26.57 kB
MINURSOs uppdrag UN S:22464 19 April 1991.pdf2 MB