13 February 2018, Monrovia – Through the Ministry of Justice, the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) is holding a four-day self-assessment retreat from 13 to 16 February 2018. Funded by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), this fourth annual internal evaluation process aims to determine institutional strengths, weaknesses and key priority areas for institutional development.
9 February 2018, Monrovia – The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) launched a three-month project aimed at enhancing conflict prevention and peace consolidation through increased food security in the fishery sector. It will be implemented by the National Fish Farmer Union of Liberia (NAFFUL) in collaboration with the National Aquaculture and Fisheries Authority (NAFA) and Fiamaba Fisheries Development Cooperation.
09 February 2018 – UNMIL Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Political and Rule of Law, Waldemar Vrey, Friday donated two 4WD vehicles to the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL). DSRSG Vrey said UNMIL was pleased and encouraged with the way that AFELL has structured itself in its advocacy role for women and children and by its continued efforts to ensure that their voices are heard in society. UNMIL was providing the vehicles to further enhance the work of the female lawyers’ organization because funding is not always readily available.
8-9 February 2018, Buchanan, Grand Bassa County - In recognition of the 18th Anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and in response to the call in SCR 1325 urging consultation with local and international women’s groups, the UN Gender Theme Group (GTG) is hosting a Global Open Day on 8 and 9 February 2018. Women will identify Women Peace and Security priorities for Liberia in 2018 and evaluate progress made on the 2017 recommendations.
Monrovia – 6 February 2018, The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) in collaboration with its implementing partner the Universal Empowerment Mission (UEM) concluded a three-month project aimed to provide sanitation and hygiene education in four communities of Bensonville, capital city of Monstserrado County. This project was funded through UNMIL’s Quick Impact Project (QIP) funding mechanism.
5 February 2018, Monrovia - Over 14 years after UNMIL was deployed in compliance with Security Council resolution 1509 (2003), an official farewell ceremony was held in honour of the departing Police and Military personnel who have served with the Mission. This symbolized the end of UNMIL’s military and police operations in Liberia.
1 February 2018, Monrovia - UNMIL Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Political and Rule of Law, Mr. Waldemar Vrey on behalf of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) ceremonially handed over the project to Cllr. Elizabeth J. Nelson, Court Administrator, which on behalf of the Chief Honour Justice, assured that all support received will be utilized for the intended purposes.
31 January 2018, Monrovia - UNMIL Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Political and Rule of Law, Mr. Waldemar Very, supporting the Judiciary institute, handed over books and equipment to establish a Human Rights Library for the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) Secretariat.
24 January 2018, Monrovia – A two-day workshop on gender-responsive conflict analysis focusing on women, peace and security (WPS) was conducted by a joint mission led by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) , the Department of Field Support (DFS) gender unit and UN Women in collaboration with United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) gender unit.
Monrovia - On 14 December 2017, the Ministries of Justice, Defense and Gender, Children and Social Protection supported by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) convened a Conference of Women in the Security Sector under the slogan ‘Nothing for Us, Without Us,’ at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs premises.
The Female Journalists Association of Liberia (FeJAL) trained journalists in Voinjama, Lofa County from 28 to 30 November 2017. The initiative titled: Gender Sensitive Reporting; fairer portrayal of Women in the Media was funded by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)’s Quick Impact Project to strengthen the skills of journalists and editors to analyze facts, issues and data from a gender perspective.
On 17 November 2017, UNMIL supported the Ministry of Justice and the Liberia Law Enforcement Association to convene a dialogue on the role of security sector institutions in promoting a peaceful, democratic and transparent election at the Bassa Women's Association in Buchanan. One hundred participants represented government agencies, security and justice sector institutions, civil society organizations, women, youth and traditional groups and UNMIL.
Monrovia - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), Farid Zarif was today among dignitaries at the groundbreaking ceremony by Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the construction of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) at SKD Boulevard Junction, Monrovia.
Monrovia - UNMIL Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Rule of Law, Waldemar Vrey today at the launch of the Human Rights Resource Centre at the Ministry of Justice said that lack of domestication of international human rights treaties continues to draw Liberia back.
Lofa, 7 August 2017 – UNMIL Head of Field Office Voinjama, Ms. Frances Alesi attended a one day peace awareness ceremony in Zorzor District organized by the Women in Peace Building Network (WIPNET). Women from the rural communities of Voinjama, Zorzor and Salaye representing WIPNET, peace actors and local authorities, all gathered for a “Mat of Prayers” ceremony to pray for a peaceful elections.
Monrovia - Today at the official launch of an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)-led Emergency Response Mechanism project in Monrovia, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Liberia Farid Zarif, expressed confidence in the capacity of Liberia to forge ahead after the final withdrawal of UNMIL next year.
Monrovia – Speaking at a national conference convened on the elimination of hate speech, UNMIL DSRSG Waldemar Vrey today said that although freedom of speech is a fundamental right, Liberians should refrain from engaging in or listening to hate speech in order to sustain the ongoing peace and reconciliation process after 14 years of civil war.
Voinjama, Liberia – The United Nations Police (UNPOL) and Liberia National Police (LNP) recently conducted a joint field visit to Lofa County to support national counterparts on security arrangements and advise on strengthening relationships with communities during the electioneering period.
“This is fundamental to ensure a safe and violence-free election process.” said UNPOL Civilian Police, Emmanuel Nii Annan during the visit.
In pursuance of the implementation of their respective mandates of facilitating peaceful, inclusive, credible, free and fair elections, the Office of the Special Representative of the President of ECOWAS Commission in Liberia, The African Union Liaison Office in Liberia (AU) and The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) support the initiative to hold a National Forum of all Political Parties and stakeholders planned for 31 May 2017 and 1 June 2017 in Monrovia, Liberia.
Yusef Marda wasn’t naïve about the risks awaiting him when he set out on the long journey from his hometown of Kufra, deep in the Sahara Desert, to the nearest functioning civilian airport more than a thousand kilometres away. He was headed to Tunis, to attend a youth reconciliation workshop. But to get there, he had to traverse unsafe territory.