Liberia Protection Situation Report (Covering the period: 01 - 31 March 2015)
After nearly nine months of suspension of voluntary repatriation for Ivorian refugees due to the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak, the governments of Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire and UNHCR agreed to resume the voluntary repatriation of Ivorian refugees as of 6 April 2015 during a fourth meeting of Tripartite Commission in Abidjan on 12 and 13 March 2015. UNHCR Liberia aims to repatriate 15,000 Ivorian refugees by the end of the year 2015. International Women’s day was celebrated in all refugee camps under the global theme: “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!” and the national theme: “Women Rising Beyond Ebola”. Refugee leadership elections were held in PTP and Little Wlebo refugee camps on 7 and 28 March 2015 respectively, both of which have resulted in installation of new leaderships by peaceful and democratic means. The Supreme Court of Liberia has remanded the mercenary case involving seven (7) Ivorian refugees to Criminal Court B for retrial. The seven (7) refugees were arrested in 2013 for allegedly having engaged in mercenary activities in Côte d’Ivoire.
UNHCR Protection Staff had a two-day Retreat on 3 and 4 March 2015. The Retreat sought to facilitate the sharing of good practices, achievements and challenges to enhance protection of and assistance to the UNHCR’s persons of concern and brought together 25 UNHCR Protection Staff, 3 LRRRC officials and 9 UNHCR’s partner staff across the Liberia operation. Liberia’s countdown toward eradication of EVD since the week of 1 March 2015 stopped by a newly confirmed case on 20 March 2015. The case has resulted in the death of the individual on 27 March 2015. There has been no new confirmed case since the week of 29 March 2015.