UN Security Council condemns human rights violations in Guinea-Bissau

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The Security Council has condemned the violations of human rights, including political and civil rights in Guinea-Bissau and urges the authorities to take all necessary measures to protect human rights and put an end to impunity and to initiate investigations to identify the perpetrators of such acts and bring them to justice.

In a unanimous resolution Friday, the Council deplored the continued lack of effective civilian control and oversight over the defence and security forces, which it says hampers the political process and effective functioning of State institutions.

Expressing serious concern by reports of continuing serious violations of human rights, including political and civil rights, as well as the atmosphere of tension in Guinea-Bissau, the Council decided to extend the current mandate of the UN Integrated Office in Guinea Bissau (UNIOGBIS) until 31 May 2013.

It called upon Guinea-Bissau stakeholders to continue their efforts to deepen the internal political dialogue – this in order to create an environment conducive to the holding of free, fair and transparent elections, acceptable to all, for a rapid return to constitutional order and the long-term stabilization of Guinea-Bissau.

The Security Council reiterated its demand to the armed forces to submit themselves fully to civilian control.

And it expressed its willingness to consider further action, based on additional information, against those involved in drug trafficking and organized crime in Guinea-Bissau.

The Security Council urged civilian and military officials in Guinea-Bissau to demonstrate greater commitment to effectively combat drug trafficking including by ensuring the proper functioning of state agencies responsible for border control and the fight against drug trafficking, and encourages them to further support the efforts of the international community to that end.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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