Document symbol: PK/G/2020.13
2020.13 Handling of Detention in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations and Special Political Missions (SOP)
A new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on the Handling of Detention in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations and Special Political Missions was promulgated by DPO, DPPA and UNDSS with an effective date of 1 January 2021. Together with its annexes A to C, it sets out the procedures for the handling, questioning, search, transfer, handover and release of persons detained by missions, in circumstances where the use of force is authorized by the mission’s mandate and set out in the mission’s rules of engagement and directives on the use of force. Its purpose is to ensure that persons temporarily detained by United Nations personnel in field missions are handled in a manner consistent with applicable international norms and standards. This SOP replaces the Interim Standard Operating Procedures issued in 2010 by DPKO and DFS. It aims to simplify procedures and ensure consistency with existing structures and processes within United Nations field missions only.
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