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S-1116 · Serie · 1994 - 2006
Parte de United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) (1999-2005)

S-1116 contains the records of the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), which includes the Office of the Senior Legal Adviser, the Office of the Child Protection Adviser, and the Human Rights Section.

Records of the Office of the SRSG include the office’s central registry files. These files consist of the SRSG’s public addresses and correspondence, as well as documents pertaining to the Working Group on the Utilization of United Nations Resources (Regional Approach). Correspondents of the SRSG include the government of Sierra Leone, diplomatic missions and UN agencies, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Records of the Office of the Senior Legal Adviser consist of correspondence and legal briefs concerning a variety of subjects including: UNAMSIL offices and building rentals, thefts, labor strikes, human remains, allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, and the Yenga border dispute. Also included are notes and advisory opinions of the Senior Legal Adviser to the SRSG and investigations into aircraft crashes. Documents from crash investigations include crash site assessments, witness statements, Board of Inquiry proceedings, medicolegal and autopsy reports, death certificates, movement of personnel request forms, and aircraft accident response procedures. S-1116 also includes proceedings of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and documents pertaining to United Nations assistance and cooperation with the International Criminal Court.

Records of the Office of the Child Protection Adviser consist of: situational analyses; meeting minutes; program and workshop proposals; and reports and papers pertaining to the status of children, including child soldiers and foster children in Sierra Leone. The Office of the Child Protection Adviser also documents the activities of the Children’s Forum Network; the National Steering Committee for Military Training on Child Rights and Child Protection; the National Commission for War Affected Children (NACWAC); and the National Committee on Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (NCDDR) during UNAMSIL’s mandate.

Records of the Human Rights Section consist of monthly reports; daily human rights reports from UNAMSIL sectors and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs); reports from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC); reports from the High Commissioner for Human Rights; and subject files. Topics of subject files include the training of personnel; the Human Rights Stakeholders Conference held in December 2005; and the National Forum for Human Rights.

Public Information and Communications

Public Information Office (PIO)
The United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan (UNMOT) Public Information Office was formed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Tajikistan Gerd Merrem on 16 June 1997 with the appointment of Hasmik Egian as Public Information Officer (PIO), who also served as the Spokesman for UNMOT. The stated functions of the Public Information Office included publicizing the Mission’s activities through visual and printed media, such as the publication and distribution of the UNMOT newsletter, and liaising with local, regional and international media outlets to drive coverage of UNMOT activities related to the peace process to as wide an audience as possible. The Public Information Office communicated with Central Asian NGOs engaged in public information initiatives.

The series primarily consists of media analyses (in Russian) of local and regional coverage of UNMOT and the political and security situation in Tajikistan, with particular focus on inter-Tajik negotiations. Media outlets mentioned in these analyses include:

Radio and Television Broadcast Outlets:
BBC World Service
Radio Svoboda
Turkmen TV
Taliban Radio “Voice of Shariah”
Tajik TV News program “Akhbor”
Russian TV “Vremya”
News agency Itar-Tass
Radio Iran Hurson
Russian TV “Novosti”
Radio “Liberty”
Radio “Voice of Free Tajikistan”
Radio Iran
Radio “Free Tajikistan”
Radio Voice of Russia
Radio Khuroson
Radio “Uzodi”

“Leninabadskaya Pravda” – an outlet of the provincial government of Leninabad
“Tirozy Djakhon” - City of Hukumat
“Eti-Khod” - Communist Party
“Unity” - Socialist Party

Also included in the records of the UNMOT Public Information Office are daily press briefings issued by the office of the Spokesman for the Secretary-General in UN-NY. The briefings summarize daily activities of the United Nations Secretariat and its organs, and mention status updates, funding information, and developments related to UNMOT. Additionally, there are memoranda exchanged between the Spokesman at headquarters and the PIO/Spokesman for UNMOT in Dushanbe. The memoranda provide information about the PIO/Spokeman’s activities and media projects. Periodic reports describe the efforts of the Public Information Office to establish and maintain efficient contact with international media, to increase the office’s presence at Tajik cultural activities, and to increase awareness of the activities of UNMOT in Tajikistan.

S-1862 also contains a collection of photographs that document the activities of UNMOT. Photographs are in color and black and white, and most are accompanied by 35 millimeter negatives. Photographs depict: activities of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG); activities at UNMOT headquarters in Dushanbe; meetings and press conferences attended by UNMOT officials and the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmonov, and the leader of the United Tajik Opposition (UTO) Sayid Abdulloh Nuri; activities of the Chief Military Observer; briefings and patrols of UNMOT military personnel; transportation of the casket of UNMOT Lieutenant Wolfgang Sponner, who was killed in Kurgan Tube on 18 September 1995 in an exchange of fire; visits of UNMOT staff to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and Tehran, Iran; cultural events attended by local civilians and UNMOT staff; United Nations-led training events with local civilians; and humanitarian aid activities carried out by UNMOT personnel.

Public Information and Communications

International Civilian Mission in Haiti, OAS/UN (MICIVIH)
The records document activities of the MICIVIH Press and Information Office. There are press releases and press notes, and issues of MICIVIH-Zen Journal, MICIVIH News, and Kenbe La Page!, a mission-produced publication. There are also outlines, proposals, and summaries of MICIVIH-produced videos and radio programmes. Scripts, video time logs, and transcripts of interviews are also included. Topics of videos and radio programmes cover: the human rights situation in Haiti, violence against women in Haitian society, the rights of journalists, the relations between the police and the population, conditions in prisons, and land disputes. There are also lists of Haitian media outlets and memoranda about conversations with Haitian journalists seeking to learn about the mission or share their views of Haiti’s political atmosphere.

United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH)
The files contain issues of the UNMIH Journal dating from 1995 to 1996. Published in English and French, the UNMIH Journal was a mission-produced publication with articles about mission leaders, the inauguration of President René Préval in 1996, non-governmental organizations working in Haiti, health risks to eating in Haitian restaurants, projects to provide Port-au-Prince with reliable electrical power, the history of Haitians’ belief in werewolves, and other subjects.

United Nations Support Mission in Haiti (UNSMIH)
The files contain issues of the UNSMIH Journal dating from 1996 to 1997. Published in English and French, the UNSMIH Journal features articles about such topics as UNICEF’s work in Haiti, planning for United Nations Day commemorated on 24 October, the demobilization of the Haitian Armed Forces (FADH), the arrival of new staff, President René Préval visiting the Pakistan Battalion in 1996, the donation of mission vehicles to Haitian institutions, and protecting Haiti’s environment. There are also photographs of members of CIVPOL standing in front of mission headquarters.

United Nations Transition Mission in Haiti (UNTMIH)
UNTMIH records consist of one folder, containing three issues of the UNTMIH Journal dating from 1997. Published in English and French, the UNSMIH Journal was a mission-produced publication with articles about humanitarian initiatives of mission staff, the new electronic filing system, an Observer’s memories of his first day on the job, and other subjects.

United Nations Civilian Police Mission in Haiti (MIPONUH)
The files hold issues of the MIPONUH Journal dating from 1998 to 1999. Published in English and French, the MIPONUH Journal contains articles about mission developments and fulfillment of the mission mandate. Topics covered in the articles include improved commissariats for the Haitian National Police (HNP), death of UN personnel in a helicopter crash, the appointment of Alfredo Lopes Cabral as MIPONUH’s Representative of the Secretary-General (RSG), the closure of MICIVIH bases, political developments, and CIVPOL aid to orphanages.

There are also photographs of Representative of the Secretary-General (RSG) Alfredo Lopes Cabral visiting commissariats in Port-au-Prince in November 1999, mission staff visiting schools in Cité Soleil and Delmas in 1999, and the departure of MIPONUH’s CIVPOL component in March 2000. Other photographs document: street scenes of mission personnel interacting with the Haitian population, mission personnel repairing buildings, a group learning about the Haitian Constitution, the interiors and exteriors of mission buildings, police training, mission personnel guarding the National Palace, and a Cité Soleil police station.

International Civilian Support Mission in Haiti (MICAH)
There are photographs of the 1st and 2nd Foundation for Judicial Reform, which were educational initiaves held by the École de la Magistrature in cooperation with MICAH in September 2000 in Freres, Pétion-Ville. The photographs show attendants, speakers, and the closing ceremony of the 1st Foundation for Judicial Reform. Other photographs depict Haitian Prime Minister Jacques-Édouard Alexis travelling by helicopter in 2000, the Representative of the Secretary-General (RSG) visiting a commissariat in Pétion-Ville and meeting with its police officers, the 2000 visit to Haiti of Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Danilo Türk, and a dinner attended by the Representative of the Secretary-General (RSG) and journalists. Other subjects of photographs are: local elections which took place on 27 November 2000, and a seminar held jointly by the MICAH with the Haitian National Police (HNP).

Humanitarian Affairs Office
The records of the Humanitarian Affairs Office document coordination between UNMOT and humanitarian agencies active in Tajikistan. Included are a variety of documents forwarded to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) from the following agencies and organizations: the Field Coordination Unit stationed in Dushanbe, which was set up and overseen by the Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA); the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); the International Organization for Migration (IOM); the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the World Health Organization (WHO); the International Monetary Fund (IMF); and the World Bank.

There are reports of the United Nations Inter-Agency Humanitarian Needs Assessment mission led by the Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA) in October 1996, as well as issues of an information bulletin titled “Humanitarian Assistance in Tajikistan” and circulated by the DHA. The briefs authored by UNHCR officers in Tajikistan cover: the UNHCR’s reintegration programme, the repatriation of Tajik refugees from Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, conditions at transit centers, and the harassment of Tajik refugees by Opposition forces. There is also a UNDP-authored working paper dating from 1997 titled, “Support to Strategic Framework Process: Managing the Transition from War to Peace.” Also present are summaries of Food Coordination Meetings, which were run by the World Food Programme and attended by UNMOT officials and representatives of non-governmental organizations. Additionally, there is correspondence between the SRSG and representatives of humanitarian agencies as well as summaries of inter-agency meetings convened by the SRSG.

Humanitarian Affairs
S-1861 · Serie · 1993 - 1997
Parte de 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.

S-1805 · Serie · 1993 - 1994
Parte de United Nations Operation in Mozambique (ONUMOZ) (1992-1994)

S-1805 contains records of the Public Information Office (PIO). Records consist of: notes and memoranda for press briefings attended by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG); memoranda sent to the SRSG from the Chief Information Officer (CIO); quarterly reports of the Public Information Office; daily news summaries, which include ONUMOZ-produced updates on mission activities; reports describing the functions of the Public Information Office and its role during the elections; and memoranda describing media projects undertaken during the mission. Also included are records pertaining to the Social Communication Programme, which was a campaign to promote the image of ONUMOZ through the dissemination of its objectives and mission by radio, television, print media and special events.

Office of the Police Commissioner

S-1060 consists of records of the Office of the Police Commissioner, who was in charge of UNAMIR’s Civilian Police (CIVPOL) force. CIVPOL was responsible for performing monitoring activities in accordance with UNAMIR’s mandate. Included are situation reports (SITREP) sent from the CIVPOL Commissioner to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) as well as internal situation reports and meeting summaries. Also included are records documenting the following: the activities of the Civilian Police in Rwandan sectors (including administrative memoranda, reports of heads of CIVPOL divisions, incident reports and reports of criminal investigations); the assignment of officers to tours of duty; the deployment and repatriation of CIVPOL Observers; and communication with Force headquarters, Military Observers headquarters, local authorities, United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on police matters. S-1060 also includes records pertaining to the training of the United Nations Civilian Police.

S-1060 also documents UNAMIR’s involvement in the establishment and supervision of the L'Ecole de la Gendarmerie Nationale de Ruhengeri (EGENA) (the National Gendarmerie Training School in Ruhengeri) and the Rwandan Police Communale. Records documenting administrative activities of the schools include correspondence regarding the establishment of the schools and the acquisition of supplies, class schedules and lists of students and instructors. Also included are course materials on such topics as police authority, the conduct of criminal investigations, the use of weapons, intelligence gathering, traffic control, human rights and the treatment of prisoners. Course materials consist of outlines, notes, lecture titles and course descriptions. In addition, S-1060 documents the formation and history of EGENA and the Police Communale.

S-1063 contains correspondence of Shaharyar Khan, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for UNAMIR. Outgoing correspondence consists of daily and weekly situation reports faxed to the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) headquarters in New York. These reports include graphs and charts of the UNAMIR daily contingent state, and of combat supplies and their usage.

Incoming correspondence consists of: press releases; daily press briefings and summaries of news conferences from the Department of Public Information (DPI); summaries of news from BBC World News, Voice of America and CNN; and the daily news reports of Radio Rwanda. Incoming correspondence also includes humanitarian assistance reports; minutes of meetings of the UNAMIR Humanitarian Assistance Advisory Group (UHAAG); and reports of UNAMIR activities produced by the Situation Centre of the DPKO.

S-1063 also contains the records of Ms. Isel Rivero, the Special Assistant to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General. Included in her records are: speeches, statements and daily schedules of the SRSG; documents pertaining to the expiration of the UNAMIR mandate; and correspondence and summaries of meetings between the UNAMIR and the Government of Rwanda.