United Nations Observer Mission in El Salvador

Mission d'observation des Nations Unies en El Salvador
Observadores de las Naciones Unidas en El Salvador (ONUSAL)

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20 May 1991, by resolution 693 (1991) of E-XE3376 - United Nations Security Council (UNSC), as part of United Nations Peace-keeping Operations, within the framework of A-XA3375 - United Nations (UN), following signature, 26 Jul 1990, San José (Costa Rica), of an 'Agreement on Human Rights', by the Government of El Salvador and the Frente Farbundo Marti para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN). Operational 26 Jul 1991; second phase from 1 Oct 1991. On termination of the mandate of U-XE1314 - United Nations Observer Group in Central America (ONUCA), effective 17 Jan 1992, certain personnel and equipment were transferred from ONUCA to ONUSAL. ONUSAL's mandate was again enlarged, 27 May 1993, on approval by the Security Council of its resolution 832 (1993), after formal request by the government of El Salvador, 8 Jan 1993, that the United Nations should observe elections for the presidency, the Legislative Assembly, mayors and municipal councils. The mandate was subsequently renewed on several occasions. Ceased to exist in Apr 1995.


'First phase': Monitor the human rights situation in El Salvador; investigate specific cases of alleged human rights violations; promote human rights in the country; make recommendations to eliminate violations; report to the Secretary-General and, through him, to the United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly. 'Second phase': Investigate cases and situations involving human rights violations and follow them systematically with the competent State organs.


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Chief of Mission and his Office. Human Rights Division, including: Director for Human Rights and his office; team of human rights advisers and investigators; legal and police advisers; team of educators on human rights issues. Military Division. Police Divisions. Electoral Division, set up Sep 1993 to observe the electoral process, no longer exists.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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