7761st Meeting (PM)
Having reached a historic milestone in resuming control of its own security, Liberia — along with its international partners — must redouble efforts to sustain progress and meet the challenge of upcoming elections, the senior United Nations official in that country told the Security Council today.
1. By its resolution 2239 (2015), the Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) until 30 September 2016 and requested me to keep it informed of the situation in Liberia and the implementation of that resolution. The present report provides an update on major developments since my report of 22 February (S/2016/169), including the assumption by the Government of Liberia of its security responsibilities from UNMIL on 30 June, as well as my recommendation for the extension of the Mission’s mandate.
Letter dated 15 April 2016 from the Panel of Experts on Liberia established pursuant to resolution 1521 (2003) addressed to the President of the Security Council
The Panel of Experts on Liberia established pursuant to resolution 1521 (2003) has the honour to transmit herewith, in accordance with paragraph 3 (b) of Security Council resolution 2237 (2015), the final report on its work.
- 15,418 Ivorian refugees repatriated since 18 December 2015
- 2,646 Bales of clothing donated by UNIQLO to refugees in Liberia
- 1,763 Refugee children benefit from national polio immunization campaign 1973
- Alien and Nationality Law is being revised to prevent statelessness
Population of concern
A total of 22,745 Persons of Concern
USD 23,860,907 requested
Monrovia (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has given a four-day training course in international humanitarian law (IHL) to 24 junior and senior Liberian army officers. The course, which was held at the Edward Binyah Kesselly Military Barracks outside Monrovia, was organized by the ICRC and the office of the chief of training of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).
On 31 March 2016, a new case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) was reported in a suburb of Liberia’s capital Monrovia, 77 days into the 90 day active surveillance period. The last case was reported on 3 December 2015. UNICEF pre-positioned stocks with the County Health Team and additional WASH material have been dispatched and are being used in the response. UNICEF supported social mobilization personnel have been deployed to engage with community leaders, and raise awareness on preventing the spread of EVD in the affected community.
• As of 29 February 2016, Liberia has reached day 46 of the 90 days of active surveillance and has been free of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) since 3 December 2015.
• Essential medicines (including antibiotics, anti-malarial medications, electrolytes, etc. valued at over US$1.4m), procured to support the restoration of health services commenced in mid-February with delivery at county depots completed in all 15 counties.
Monrovia (ICRC) – Fourteen Ivorian children who had sought refuge in Liberia five years ago were reunited with their families between 4 and 12 February. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been able to resume its cross-border family reunification activities between Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire following the decision of the tripartite commission (Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) to reopen the humanitarian corridor between the two countries.
- By its resolution 2239 (2015), the Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) until 30 September 2016 and requested me to keep it informed of the situation in Liberia and the implementation of the Mission’s mandate. The present report provides a midterm update on major developments since my report of 13 August 2015 (S/2015/620).
Monrovia (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has donated 480 copies of a new training manual on the law of armed conflict (LoAC), also known as international humanitarian law (IHL), to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL). The manual, developed by the Liberian army with support from the ICRC, provides guidelines and sets out the responsibilities of military personnel under this branch of the law during military operations.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:19 GMT
By James Harding Giahyue
MONTSERRADO, Liberia, Feb 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Huddled together in the bedroom of their mud-brick home in rural Liberia, Marthaline Sweet's children stare at her hungrily as she picks up her one-month-old baby.
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CONAKRY/MONROVIA/FREETOWN/DAKAR, 14 January 2016 – Nearly 23,000 children who lost one or both parents or their primary caregivers to Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will continue to need care and support, UNICEF said as it welcomed the declaration that there are no more cases of the disease in West Africa.
Monrovia, 31 December 2015
UNMIL Officer-in-Charge Waldemar Vrey made the following statement today:
The United Nations Mission in Liberia learned on 29 December of an allegation that two members of its military personnel were involved in a possible case of serious misconduct in Bong County on 4 December. The alleged misconduct involved the beating of a teenage boy.
No new cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) have been reported since 20 November 2015 and 166 contacts, including 9 health workers, completed 21 days of close monitoring.
The recent chain of Ebola transmission ended on 11 December and the period of voluntary observation and twice daily monitoring of contacts ceased. Active surveillance and social mobilisation will continue for an additional 21 days.
1. Executive summary
This report was prepared by the Human Rights and Protection Section (HRPS) of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and is released jointly with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). HRPS is mandated to promote, protect and monitor human rights in Liberia, with “special attention to violations committed against women and children.”
No new cases have been reported since 20 November 2015, but 166 contacts, of whom 32 are health workers, are being monitored. All contacts are in Montserrado County.
If no new cases are detected, this chain of transmission will end on 11 December 2015 and the period of voluntary observation and twice daily monitoring of contacts will cease. Active case finding and social mobilisation will continue for an additional 21 days.
The Resident Representative of the African Development Bank Group in Liberia, Margaret Kilo, launched a national radio broadcasting program dedicated to women’s empowerment as an early celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls and the 16 Days of Activism, which kicked off on Wednesday, November 25. The official ceremony was hosted by Liberian Vice-President, Joseph Nyumah Boakai, on Tuesday, November 24, in partnership with other development institutions such as UN Women in Liberia.
On 20 November 2015, the Government of Liberia confirmed three new cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) from a family of six living in a suburb of the capital Monrovia. All of them were transferred to an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU). One of the three confirmed cases, a fourteen year old boy, died on 23 November. His brother and father remain under treatment. Nineteen contacts, including three other family members of the boy are under observation.