Security Council Overcomes Division to Adopt a MINUSMA Mandate that Advances Protection of Civilians Language

By Josh Jorgensen and Seán Smith   On Tuesday, June 29th, the UN Security Council renewed the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, for another year. During negotiations, Council members were grappling with the impact of significant shifts that occurred over the last year in MINUSMA’s operating environment – two coups d’état;…

The UN Security Council Approves a Streamlined Mandate for UNMISS that Prioritizes Protection of Civilians in South Sudan

On March 12, the UN Security Council unanimously approved resolution 2567, which renewed the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The renewal comes on the heels of a year in which subnational violence with links to national political rivalries increased, parties to the revitalized peace agreement failed to implement many of…

“They said ‘it’s your government to protect you.’ We said it was the government that killed us:” Civilian Perspectives on the Future of UNMISS

By Lauren Spink and Daniel Levine-Spound   Between November and December of 2020, CIVIC carried out interviews with civilians and civil society leaders living in Bor, Juba, and Wau in South Sudan. Up until recently, the UNMISS bases in each of these locations hosted a Protection of Civilians (PoC) site. The sites were created in…

What Does MINUSCA’s November 2020 Renewed Mandate Mean for the Protection of Civilians in the Central African Republic?

On 12 November 2020, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) renewed the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) for the next 12 months. Less than two months ahead of presidential and legislative elections in the Central African Republic (CAR), the negotiation of UNSC resolution 2552 (2020)…