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Security Council Extends Mandate of BINUH for Another 12 Months

The Security Council on Thursday decided to extend for another 12 months the mandate of its one-year-old integrated office in Haiti, adopting a technical rollover that made no changes to its original mandate.

Adopting resolution 2547 (2020) by a vote of 13 in favour to 0 against with 2 abstentions (China, Russian Federation), the Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) until 15 October 2021.

Explaining his delegation’s position after the vote, the representative of the Dominican Republic described a “persistent, complex crisis” which has only worsened in Haiti in the year since the establishment of BINUH.

The situation is now characterized by human rights violations, rampant impunity and a humanitarian and economic crisis that has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Dominican Republic had hoped for a more inclusive, cross-cutting negotiation process on today’s resolution, which might have led to a more robust mandate for BINUH given the escalating challenges.

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