Current and Past Recommendations to the UN Security Council (Monthly Action Points)
Somalia (October 2012)
In its the renewal of the mandate of the UN mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the Security Council should strongly urge the government to ensure that its security forces and affiliated militias, and all actors engaged in military operations, including AMISOM and armed forces of neighboring states, respect international humanitarian law and human rights law, and are prioritizing the rights of civilians, including women and children. As the UN system starts a review of its role and presence in Somalia, with options to be presented to the Security Council by the end of the year, human rights considerations, including women’s rights, should be at the forefront of the exercise. The currently UNPOS human rights mandate and component should be significantly strengthened to be well-resourced, and to entail active monitoring and reporting. Finally, the mandate should strongly support women’s full participation in the rebuilding of political and social institutions.