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S-1048 · Series · 1943 - 1998
Part of Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar (1982-1991)

S-1048 contains records of the United Nations Secretariat departments, including the Executive Office of the Secretary-General; the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Political and General Assembly Affairs; the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Questions; the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs; the Department for Political and Security Council Affairs; the Department of Political Affairs, Trusteeship and Decolonisation; the Department of International Economic and Social Affairs (DIESA); the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (HABITAT); the Office of the Director-General for Development and Economic Co-operation (DIEC); the Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs; the Department of Technical Cooperation for Development; the Department of Public Information; the Centre for Science and Technology for Development; the Office of Legal Affairs; the Department of Administration, Finance and Management; the Department of Administration and Management; the Office of General Services; the United Nations Office at Vienna; the United Nations Office at Geneva; the Office for Research and Collection of Information; and the United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations. Series also contains records relating to United Nations Information Centres in various cities, the International Year of the Disabled Person, the World Assembly on Aging, International Youth Year, the University for Peace, the financial viability of the United Nations, the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), the Outer Space Affairs Division and press matters. Records include correspondence, reports, notes, code cables and press material.

S-1043 · Series · 1978 - 1998
Part of Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar (1982-1991)

S-1043 contains correspondence, communications, reports and code cables pertaining to areas undergoing political conflict and/or critical situations relating to economic and social problems. Series is arranged alphabetically by country or region and includes files pertaining to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), the Council for Namibia, the Office for Emergency Operations in Africa, the case of Nicaragua vs. United States of America, and the Group of Experts on the Consequences of the Israeli Armed Attack against the Iraqi Nuclear Installations.

Personnel case files

UN. Chef de Cabinet (1961-1973: Narasimhan)
Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs (1962-1967: Narasimhan)

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, code cables (numbered and unnumbered), curriculum vitae, newspaper clippings, biographical notes and United Nations documents relating to employees of the United Nations including top officials. Case files may include records relating to promotions, resignations, performance evaluations, transfers, recruitment, incidents, recommendations and announcements. Correspondents include Secretaries-General U Thant and Kurt Waldheim, Under-Secretary and Director of Personnel Sir Alexander MacFarquhar, and Assistant Secretary-General of Personnel M.H. Gherab.

Accession numbers: RR 73/76, 73/176, 73/192, 74/19, 74/74.

See also records series # S-0195.

Human Rights Component
S-1882 contains case files of human rights violations investigated by the UNTAC Human Rights Component in provincial villages and communes in Cambodia from 1992 to 1993. Files are arranged geographically by province. Case numbers are indicated on some documents.

The case files contain: intake sheets with basic facts about the incident and victim; correspondence between the Human Rights Component and Cambodian authorities about the case; handwritten notes drafted by Provincial Human Rights Officers (PHRO) about their observations; and reports about the incident generated by the UNTAC Civilian Police and then forwarded to the Human Rights Component. In addition, there are documents issued by Cambodian authorities, including government bodies, courts, and the police (often accompanied by English translations from Khmer); statements submitted by victims and witnesses, some with fingerprints serving as the legal signatures; photographs of the victims’ injuries and of the crime scene; hand-drawn sketches of the crime scene; case closure sheets; and final investigation reports.

The violations and incidents include: cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment; torture; shootings and murders; massacres; grenade throwing; rape; theft; illegal arrest, detention and imprisonment; destruction of property; false criminal accusations; disappearances; intimidation, harassment and death threats; police brutality; threats to freedom of speech and association; and land seizures by police and government agencies and land conflicts. Numerous investigations involve: violations against the ethnic Vietnamese population; politically-motivated crimes, including attacks against political party members and party office locations; and incidents occurring during the electoral campaign.

The files also contain information about prison investigations carried out by Provincial Human Rights Officers. These consist of: summaries of visits; lists of prisoners; briefs about cases; memoranda about incidents, such as escapes; and prisoner release forms.

The work of the United Nations Centre for Human Rights in Cambodia is also documented in several files. The Centre was established in February 1993 by resolution 1993/6 of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. These records, dating 1993-1994, primarily consist of summaries of cases and correspondence with Cambodia authorities about them.


International Civilian Mission in Haiti, OAS/UN (MICIVIH)
Records originating from MICIVIH’s bases reflect Observers’ relations with the Haitian Armed Forces (FADH), the Front for the Advancement and Progress of Haiti (FRAPH), the Multinational Force (MNF), and the United States Special Forces (USSF). The records primarily consist of Observer-authored memoranda concerning: the USSF mandate regarding law enforcement and the Haitian judicial system; a shooting incident at a demonstration involving USSF on 22 November 1995, and monitoring of police and justice conditions after the shooting; cases of fourteen allegedly illegal arrests made by the Multinational Force (MNF) which occurred at Base 2 in November and December of 1994; arms caches reported to the mission; the legality of arms searches and associated arrests conducted by Haitian National Police (HNP) and judicial authorities; the Multinational Force (MNF) disarmament weapon buyback programs; and the use of arms during demonstrations.

United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH)
Many records of UNMIH’s U3 Operations concern the Haitian municipal, parliamentary, and presidential elections held in 1995. These records are comprised of: Fragment Orders (FRAGOs) covering logistical, planning and security arrangements provided during the electoral process, and reflecting the mission’s close coordination with the Haitian electoral authorities; daily election summaries (ELECTSUM) about the monitoring of the voter registration, the delegate selection processes, the distribution of electoral material, and other activities in various geographic locations throughout Haiti; and maps indicating voting locations and electoral incidents. Also included are election returns drafted by the Haitian Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) for the 25 June 1995 and 17 September 1995 elections.

Also present in the records are FRAGOs that describe: UNMIH-named Areas of Interest (AOI) where incidents of violence often occurred; UNMIH support for the deployment of Haitian National Police (HNP) in Port-au-Prince; the furnishing of equipment to assist the HNP; enhanced security for President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, President René Préval, and visits to Haiti by diplomats and foreign government officials; coordination with the United States Department of State Security Team; the security of satellite communications; airport safety; aviation support; humanitarian convoys; and engineering improvements.

The records of U3 Operations also include: security analyses and planning for the inauguration of President Préval on 7 February 1996; a report titled “Estimate of the Situation” about the establishment of a temporary detention center for youth gang members, dated 1 January 1996; after-action reports detailing UNMIH activities with regard to safety at large public events; a program outline for UNMIH’s Special Operations Task Force (SOTF); summaries of routine and non-routine patrol activities; and security procedures for supporting food convoys.

United Nations Support Mission in Haiti (UNSMIH)
U4 Headquarters records consist in part of: a 23 July 1997 briefing for the incoming Force Commander, with a Force organizational chart; operation orders for responses to natural disasters and mass casualties; and a mission security plan to integrate civilian staff into the Port-au-Prince safe area.

U3 Operations records also consist of Fragment Orders (FRAGOs), which amend operation orders based on conditions on the ground, about: cooperation with the HNP; the protection of government officials; and military patrols in support of the parliamentary elections held in April 1997. UNSMIH records also include code cable executive summaries from the Special Representative for the Secretary-General (SRSG) Enrique ter Horst about military, humanitarian, and electoral issues, especially concerning the activities of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP). There are also information summaries about: civil disturbances such as attacks against former de facto regime members and strikes for unpaid wages; arrests made and activities monitored by the Haitian National Police (HNP); and the electoral process, including summaries of political demonstrations and acts of political intimidation against civilians.

Additional records about electoral support include: a brief for the Force Commander on support for the April 1997 elections; an election timeline prepared by the CEP; a memorandum about election security planning, dated 6 February 1997; and a code cable about final election results, dated 28 April 1997, and sent from the SRSG to the Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

United Nations Transition Mission in Haiti (UNTMIH)
The records of UNTMIH’s U4 Logistics Planning and Coordination Cell include: Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); U4 briefings which include presentations about the role of the U4; and a 25 November 1997 End of Mission Report.

The UNTMIH Force Standing Operating Procedures (FSOPs) describe key military positions and staff guidelines. The records reflect the duties of the U3 Operations Officer, including: day-to-day planning, coordination and direction of all UNTMIH Force operations; supervision of duty watch staff in the UNTMIH operations centre; and preparation of Warning Orders (WngO), Fragment Orders (FRAGOs), and operations briefs. Additional duties of the U3 Operations Officer included: the preparation of the Force Commander’s briefing book; the provision of follow-up responses to the Force Commander’s queries; and planning and coordination of joint operations with Civilian Police (CIVPOL) and the Haitian National Police (HNP).

S-0316 · Series · 1919 - 1998
Part of United Nations Office for Special Political Affairs (1955-1991)

UN. Under Secretary-General for SPA (1956-1972: Bunche)

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Series declassified on 1 April 2002 (06-02-D/02/7)

Series consists of letters, memoranda, clear and code cables, reports, minutes, statistics, name lists, aide-memoire, notes, publications, newspaper clippings and selected United Nations documents relating to political, military, legal and administrative matters, including troop strength and deployment, air operations, border patrols and observations at checkpoints, surveys of demilitarized zones, incidents, repatriation of refugees, Egypt's military deployment in the Sinai, the United Nations presence at Sharm El-Sheik, Israel's capture of Tiran and Senabahir, Security Council deliberations on border problems between Israel and Egypt, search for missing persons in the Gaza Strip, decisions of the Egypt-Israel Mixed Armistice Commission (EIMAC), meetings with Egypt, France, Israel and the United Kingdom on Suez Canal navigation, the withdrawal of Israeli troops, UNEF I and United Nations agencies from Egypt, the UNEF I Advisory Committee meetings, Bunche's meeting in Washington D.C., visits of United Nations top echelon officials to the mission area, the Secretary-Generals press statements, administrative surveys in 1963 and 1965, liaison with other United Nations peacekeeping missions and United Nations agencies, military and civilian personnel, budget and finance, logistics and miscellaneous general services. Primary correspondents include Andrew Cordier, Dag Hammarskjold, Mordecai Kidron, George Lansky, Jose Rolz-Bennett, Carey Seward, Constantin Stavropoulos, U Thant, Brian Urquhart and the UNEF I force commanders.

S-1066 · Series · 1947 - 1998
Part of United Nations Office for Special Political Affairs (1955-1991)

Series is comprised of documents related to United Nations diplomacy and peacekeeping missions in the Middle East, particularly Israel, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Cyprus, Jordan, Syria, Palestine and the West Bank. Historical and subject files contain correspondence, reports, statements, cables and press clippings related to the Egypt/Israel disengagement agreements, the Israel/Syria Disengagement Agreement (1974), Camp David agreements, the Cairo Conference (1978), and the Secretary-General's and Brian Urquhart's trips to the Middle East. Files regarding the hijacking of aircraft, assassination attempts and terrorism are included, as well as files pertaining to the Wadi al Ayn incident in south Lebanon (1980) and other incidents. Series also includes subject files, clear cables and code cables of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), the United Nations Emergency Force (I and II), the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), and the United Nations Middle East Mission (UNMEM). The series also includes subject files concerning Sadruddin Aga Khan's mission in Lebanon; correspondence and statements of the Palestine Liberation Organization; ground plans, maps, photographs and documents concerning the assault on Government House in Jerusalem in 1967; and records pertaining to the mission in Jerusalem of Ernest A. Thalmann, Personal Representative of the Secretary-General.

UN. Chef de Cabinet (1961-1973: Narasimhan)
Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs (1962-1967: Narasimhan)
Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1959-1961: Narasimhan)
Deputy Administrator for the United Nations Development Programme (1969-1972: Narasimhan)

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, clear and code cables (numbered and unnumbered), committee review reports, Secretary-General statements, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings and United Nations documents relating to United Nations Subsidiary Bodies. Subjects covered include personnel, budgeting and other administrative matters, policy and procedure issues, incidents, press briefings and events and conferences for the following subsidiary bodies: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHRC), United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Technical Assistance Board (TAB), Special Fund, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). Correspondents include Secretaries-General U Thant and Kurt Waldheim, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Felix Schuyder, Secretary-General of UNCTAD Dr. Raul Prebisch, Director of UNRWA John Davis, UNDP Administrator Paul Hoffman, Director of Human Rights John Humphrey, Executive Director of UNIDO I. Abdel-Rahman, and Executive Directors of UNICEF Maurice Pate and Henry Labouisse.

Accession numbers: A/444, A/519, A/538, 67/184, 73/176, 73/192, 73/195, 74/19, 74/74.

S-1858 · Series · 1994 - 1997
Part of United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia (UNOMIL)

Chief Military Observer
The Chief Military Observer (CMO) was tasked with the command of the Military Division of UNOMIL. The CMO was posted at UNOMIL headquarters in Monrovia, Liberia, and reported directly to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on matters regarding military operations of the UNOMIL mandate. The post was held by Major General Daniel Ishmael Opande, succeeded in April 1997 by Major General Sikandar Shami.

The records contain incoming and outgoing code cables, exchanged between the CMO and United Nations Headquarters, New York (UN-NY) and between the SRSG and: Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Marrack Goulding; Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Bernard Miyet; and Margaret Carey, Africa Specialist with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Topics of the cables pertain to military operations and developments of the mission.

The records also contain operational reports such as reconnaissance reports ordered by the CMO and conducted by Military Observers (MILOBS) and/or Electoral Officers to ascertain viability of establishing a field station; or to obtain data on the population and infrastructure necessary for electoral staff. Daily and weekly situation reports and monthly assessments of main developments sent to the SRSG relay information about developments in military and electoral operations.

There are also summaries of meetings of the inter-agency Ceasefire Violations Committee (CFVC), which was chaired by the CMO. The meeting summaries detail the Committee’s discussion of alleged ceasefire violations. The records also include letters of complaint sent by the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) to the CMO, reporting factions’ allegations of ceasefire violations.

Humanitarian Affairs
S-1861 · Series · 1993 - 1997
Part of United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia (UNOMIL)

Humanitarian Assistance Coordination Office (HACO), Demobilization and Reintegration Unit
The Humanitarian Assistance Coordination Office (HACO) was established by the United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA) to support the Humanitarian Coordinator based in Monrovia. The Humanitarian Coordinator was appointed by the Secretary-General and reported to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Liberia (SRSG). The Office’s Demobilization and Reintegration Unit assisted in coordinating the efforts of United Nations agencies involved in relief and resettlement activities and the provision of assistance to demobilizing soldiers.

The files for the Demobilization and Reintegration Unit include concept papers and plans generated by the Unit, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the World Health Organization concerning disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, lessons learned, child soldiers, the impact of the Liberian conflict on women and children, and health care services for demobilized soldiers.

There are also records of the Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration Task Force, which was comprised of representatives of UNOMIL, United Nations agencies, NGOs, and the Liberian government, as well as donors to the Task Force. The records include terms of reference, working papers, and meeting minutes concerning: demobilization and reintegration of child soldiers; the demobilization process and policies; obtaining and distributing humanitarian aid; and providing education, medical assistance, and food for demobilized soldiers.

Also present are records of the Unit’s Technical Committee, which provided administrative and management assistance to the Unit. These records include memoranda about the time frame of the demobilization process and a glossary created by the Committee to supplement the Unit’s working papers.

In addition, the records contain statistics on demobilized soldiers and site reports concerning the demobilization process, sanitation, water needs, medical operations, and security. Other reports generated by HACO concern faction compliance with the implementation of the Abuja Agreement of 19 August 1995, UNICEF involvement in demobilization of child soldiers, the consequences of intimidation and re-armament of demobilized children, and demobilization activities of interest to foreign dignitaries. There are also memoranda on the demobilization process prepared by the Humanitarian Coordinator for the SRSG, the Senior Humanitarian Officer for the Humanitarian Coordinator, and by HACO staff for the Complex Emergency Division.

Humanitarian Assistance Coordination Office (HACO), Humanitarian Assistance Coordination Unit
The Humanitarian Assistance Coordination Unit supported humanitarian work carried out by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international organizations.

The records of the Humanitarian Assistance Coordination Office consist of reports, meeting summaries, working papers, and memoranda. Included are reports detailing humanitarian assistance projects in Liberia and their policies; quarterly reports concerning the political climate, security, humanitarian advocacy, humanitarian field work, working relationships with partners, and lessons learned; assessment reports about Liberian counties’ humanitarian needs; and a report on internally displaced persons authored by the Refugee Policy Group, dated March 1997. Summaries of meetings with the United Nations Country Team, NGOs, and donors concern humanitarian need assessments, humanitarian projects, the political climate, and security.

Working papers in the files focus on internally displaced persons and the relationship between agencies involved in humanitarian coordination. There are also memoranda concerning the role of HACO and the funding and logistics of humanitarian projects exchanged by the Humanitarian Coordinator; representatives of NGOs, United Nations agencies, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); and leaders of warring factions. Additionally, there are: minutes of meetings of the Programme Compliance and Violations Committee, which investigated violations of international standards of conduct, human rights, and principles and protocols for humanitarian operations; and investigation reports of security incidents concerning sporadic fighting, looting, and harassment, as well as restrictions of humanitarian aid workers’ freedom of movement and access to civilian populations.

Records relating to bridging projects, the initial reintegration projects for demobilized soldiers, include terms of reference and minutes of meetings of the Task Force on Bridging Operations. Meeting minutes of the Task Force concern the projects of the agencies and NGOs in attendance. Also present are project proposals and updates; working papers on the transition to the next phase of reintegration; and guidelines for the funding of projects.