Source description last updated: 22 October 2018

In brief:  The United Nations Mission in South Sudan UNMISS is a peacekeeping mission consisting of military personnel, civilian police personnel and human rights investigation experts.

Coverage on
Human rights reports (Special or Analytical Report), Media Monitoring Reports (Periodical Report), Press Releases (Appeal or News Release) and other publications.
Covered weekly on, for South Sudan.

“UNMISS' objective is to consolidate peace and security, and help establish conditions for development in the Republic of South Sudan, with a view to strengthening the capacity of the Government of  South Sudan to govern effectively and democratically and establish good relations with its neighbours.” (UNMISS: Background, undated)

“The UNMISS Human Rights Division, which also represents the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in South Sudan, works to promote human rights in the world’s newest country. Its core activities include monitoring, investigating, verifying and reporting on human rights violations and abuses, as well as violations of international humanitarian law, including conflict-related sexual violence.” (UNMISS: Human Rights, undated)

As one of the UN peacekeeping operations, UNMISS derives its funds from the budget of the UN. The UMISS budget is approved for periods of one year. (UNMISS: Facts and Figures, undated)

Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: South Sudan
Thematic focus: human rights, security, political developments, conflict, rule of law

The UNMISS Human Rights Division (HRD) documents h0uman rights violations based on interviews carriedout bywith primary sources (including victim or eyewitness) who have been assessed as reliable (see, for example, UNMISS, Human rights violations and abuses in Yei July 2016 – January 2017, 1 June 2017, p. 7). In some cases, group consultations may also be conducted (UNMISS: Report on the right to freedom of opinion and expression in South Sudan since the July 2016 Crisis, February 2018, p. 4).

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Further reading / links:
United Nations Security Council: Resolution 1996 (2011) Adopted by the Security Council at its 6576th meeting, on 8 July 2011 [S/RES/1996 (2011)], 8 July 2011

United Nations Security Council: Resolution 2406 (2018) Adopted by the Security Council at its 8204th meeting, on 15 March 2018 [S/RES/2406 (2018)], 15 March 2018

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