posted on WED 16 APR 2014 4:23 PM
Arria-Formula Meeting with the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)

Tomorrow afternoon (17 April), Australia, France and the US have convened an Arria formula meeting with the members of the commission of inquiry on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) established by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on 21 March: Michael Kirby (chair, Australia), Sonja Biserko (Serbia) and Marzuki Darusman (Indonesia), who also serves as the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK. Kirby will brief on the findings and recommendations of the commission’s… Read more »

posted on WED 16 APR 2014 1:20 PM
Meeting on the Human Rights Situation in Ukraine

This afternoon, the Council will hold a public meeting on the situation in Ukraine at the request of Lithuania. Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović will brief on the human rights situation. Council members are likely to be interested in getting a first-hand account of the human rights situation from Šimonović, as he has spent more time in Ukraine since the start of the conflict than any other senior UN official.… Read more »

posted on TUE 15 APR 2014 4:44 PM
Prevention and Fight Against Genocide Briefing

Tomorrow (16 April), the Council will hold a briefing on “threats to international peace and security: prevention and fight against genocide”, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. The briefers will be Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and former Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the UN, Colin Keating, who served as Council president in April 1994 when the genocide started. A resolution, which was been put in blue today, is expected to be adopted during the meeting.… Read more »

posted on MON 14 APR 2014 5:19 PM
“Arria-formula” meeting on Detention in Syria and the “Caesar” Report

Tomorrow morning (15 April), Council members will convene for an “Arria-formula” meeting organised by France with a focus on detention of Syrians by the Syrian regime, human right violations committed during detention in Syria and justice for crimes committed in Syria. This meeting follows circulation by France of the “Report into the Credibility of Certain Evidence with regard to Torture and Execution of Persons Incarcerated by the Current Syrian Regime” (codenamed the “Caesar” Report) as a document of the Security… Read more »

posted on WED 9 APR 2014 5:04 PM
Resolution Establishing UN Peacekeeping Mission in CAR

Tomorrow (10 April), the Council is set to adopt a resolution establishing the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) until 30 April 2015, largely in accordance with the recommendations of the Secretary-General’s report (S/2014/142). The text was put in blue today. Among the new mission’s key tasks will be protection of civilians (including by disarming armed groups), supporting the implementation of the transitional political process and the restoration of state authority, facilitating humanitarian assistance, promoting… Read more »

posted on WED 9 APR 2014 5:00 PM
Consultations on UN Mission in South Sudan and Sudan-South Sudan

The Council is scheduled to hold consultations on the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and on Sudan/South Sudan issues tomorrow morning. Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous will brief on UNMISS, while Haile Menkerios, Head of the UN Office to the AU and Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, is expected to brief on Sudan-South Sudan. At press time, it was unclear if there would be an outcome. (An attempt at a press statement following the 12 March… Read more »

posted on MON 7 APR 2014 4:15 PM
Briefing by the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Tomorrow morning (8 April), High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will brief Security Council members on the situations in the Central African Republic (CAR), Libya, Mali, South Sudan and Syria. Pillay last briefed the Council during a 12 February open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict and her last briefing on a country-specific issue was on 18 January 2013 when she briefed on Syria. (Her office, however, has briefed on South Sudan and Ukraine in 2014.)… Read more »

posted on MON 7 APR 2014 4:00 PM
Burundi Briefing by Political Affairs Head

Tomorrow (8 April), the Council will be briefed under “Any Other Business” by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman on recent developments in Burundi. This is the second time in less than a month that Council members will receive a briefing on Burundi. On 26 March, at the request of the US, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tayé-Brook Zerihoun updated Council members in consultations on the deterioration in the political situation. At press time, no draft outcome document had been… Read more »

posted on THU 3 APR 2014 11:36 AM
Briefing by Political Affairs Head on Guinea-Bissau Elections

In consultations this morning under “Any Other Business”, the Council expects to receive a briefing from Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman on preparations for presidential and legislative elections in Guinea-Bissau, which are scheduled for 13 April. The elections, meant to restore a democratically elected government following the 12 April 2012 coup, have been already postponed twice from their previously scheduled November 2013 and March 2014 dates. For the briefing, which was initiated by the Department of Political Affairs… Read more »

posted on WED 2 APR 2014 5:54 PM
The April Programme of Work of the Security Council

April looks to be a lighter month than March with 11 formal meetings scheduled (nine public and two private) and eight consultations at press time. Among the formal meetings are four thematic meetings on genocide, security sector reform, women, peace and security and a “wrap-up” session at the end of the month. Also on the programme of work are five adoptions, with a sixth on the Central African Republic (CAR) likely to be added.… Read more »