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MINUSCA Mandate

The Security Council established the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) by its resolution 2149 (2104) of 10 April 2014 and requested the Secretary-General to subsume BINUCA in the new mission as of the date of the adoption of that resolution.  It further requested the Secretary-General to ensure a seamless transition from BINUCA to MINUSCA.

Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, the Security Council authorized MINUSCA to take all necessary means to carry out its mandate, within its capabilities and its areas of deployment. 

It further decided that the transfer of authority from MISCA to MINUSCA will take place on 15 September 2014. In the period preceding this transfer of authority, MINUSCA  implemented the mandated tasks through its civilian component, while MISCA  continued to implement its tasks as mandated by Security Council resolution 2127 (2013). MINUSCA commenced the implementation of the mandated tasks through its military and police components on 15 September 2014.

Initial priority tasks

The Council decided that the mandate of MINUSCA shall initially focus on the following priority tasks:

a. Protection of civilians

i. To protect, without prejudice to the primary responsibility of the Central African Republic authorities, the civilian population from threat of physical violence, within its capabilities and areas of deployment, including through active patrolling;

ii. To provide specific protection for women and children affected by armed conflict, including through the deployment of Child Protection Advisors and Women Protection Advisors;

iii. To identify and record threats and attacks against the civilian population, including through regular interaction with the civilian population and working closely with humanitarian and human rights organizations;

iv. To design, implement and deliver, in close consultation with humanitarian and human rights organizations and other relevant partners, a mission-wide protection strategy;

b. Support for the implementation of the transition process, including efforts in favor of the extension of State authority and preservation of territorial integrity

i. To take a leading role in international efforts to assist the Transitional Authorities working with ECCAS, the African Union, relevant stakeholders and the international community to devise, facilitate, coordinate and provide technical assistance to the political transition and electoral processes;

ii. To provide good offices and political support for the efforts to address root causes of the conflict and establish lasting peace and security in the CAR;

iii. To provide appropriate support, in coordination with the Transitional Authorities, and based on the risks on the ground, for the provision of security for key national stakeholders, including members of the Transitional Government; 

iv. To assist the Transitional Authorities in mediation and reconciliation processes at both the national and local levels,  working with  relevant regional and local bodies and religious leaders, including through inclusive national dialogue, transitional justice and conflict-resolution mechanisms, while ensuring the full and effective participation of women;

v. To devise, facilitate and provide technical assistance to the electoral process and make all necessary preparations, in support of the Transitional Authorities and working on an urgent basis with the National Electoral Authority, for the holding of free, fair, transparent and inclusive elections, including the full and effective participation of women at all levels and at an early stage, and the participation of CAR IDPs and refugees no later than February 2015;

vi. To promote and support the rapid extension of state authority;

c. Facilitate the immediate, full, safe and unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance

To contribute, including through effective civil-military coordination and in close coordination with humanitarian actors,  to the creation of a secure environment for the immediate, full, safe and unhindered, civilian-led delivery of humanitarian assistance, in accordance with UN guiding humanitarian principles and relevant provisions of international law, and for the voluntary safe, dignified and sustainable return of internally displaced persons and refugees in close coordination with humanitarian actors;

d. Protection of the United Nations

To protect the United Nations personnel, installations, equipment and goods and ensure the security and freedom of movement of United Nations and associated personnel;

e. Promotion and protection of human rights

i. To monitor, help investigate and report publicly and to the Security Council on violations of international humanitarian law and on abuses and violations of human rights committed throughout the CAR, in particular by different armed groups, including the former Seleka and the anti-Balaka, and to contribute to efforts to identify and prosecute perpetrators, and to prevent such violations and abuses, including through the deployment of human rights observers;

ii. To monitor, help investigate and report specifically on violations and abuses committed against children as well as violations committed against women, including all forms of sexual violence in armed conflict, and to contribute to efforts to identify and prosecute perpetrators, and to prevent such violations and abuses;

iii. To support the International Commission of Inquiry and the implementation of its recommendations;

iv. To assist the CAR authorities in the effort to protect and promote human rights;

f. Support for national and international justice and the rule of law

i. To support and work with the Transitional Authorities to arrest and bring to justice those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the country, including through cooperation with States of the region the ICC;

ii. To help build the capacities, including through technical assistance, of the national judicial system, and of the national human rights institutions and assist with national reconciliation efforts, coordinating with the Independent Expert as appropriate;

iii. To provide support and to coordinate international assistance to the police, justice and correctional institutions to reinstate the criminal justice system, within the framework of the UN global focal point on rule of law, including through assistance in the maintenance of public safety and basic law and order, in a manner that  emphasizes civilian oversight, impartiality and the protection of human rights and to support the restoration and maintenance of public safety and the rule of law including through the presence and assistance of UN police;

g. Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration (DDR) and Repatriation (DDRR)

i. To support  the Transitional Authorities in developing and implementing a revised strategy for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) and Repatriation (DDRR) of former combatants and armed elements to reflect new realities on the ground, while paying specific attention to the needs of children associated with armed forces and groups, and support for the repatriation of foreign elements;

ii. To support the Transitional Authorities in developing and implementing community violence reduction programmes;

iii. To regroup and canton combatants and confiscate and destroy, as appropriate, the weapons and ammunition of elements of personnel who refuse or fail to lay down their arms; 

Additional tasks

The Security Council further decided that the mandate of MINUSCA shall include the following additional tasks as conditions permit and requested the Secretariat to begin planning for these tasks:

a. support to security sector reform and vetting processes, including through the provision of strategic policy advice and coordination of technical assistance and training;

b. coordinate international assistance as appropriate;

(c) assist the Committee established pursuant to paragraph 57 of resolution 2127 (2013) and the Panel of Experts established by the same resolution, within its capabilities, including by passing information relevant to the implementation of the mandate of the Committee and Panel of Experts;

(d) monitor the implementation of the measures imposed by paragraph 54 of resolution 2127 (2013), in cooperation with the Panel of Experts established pursuant to resolution 2127 (2013), including by inspecting, as it deems necessary and when appropriate without notice, all arms and related materiel regardless of location and advise the Transitional Authorities on efforts to keep armed groups from exploiting natural resources,

(e) seize and collect arms and any related materiel the transfer of which into the CAR violates the measures imposed by paragraph 54 of resolution 2127 (2013) and to record and dispose of such arms and related materiel as appropriate.

Full text of Security Council resolution 2149 (2104).

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