The UNMIL Human Rights and Protection Section (HRPS) supports the Government to implement Liberia 's international human rights obligations through a programme of monitoring, technical advice, and capacity-building. HRPS field monitors are located across Liberia and public reports of the human rights situation are released periodically.
HRPS was instrumental in the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR).
HRPS, together with other rule of law components within UNMIL, supports the Government in its efforts to establish the rule of law, based on the findings of the Government-UNMIL Task Force on the subject. The Task Force identified eight priority tasks: strengthen the legal framework; strengthen human rights capacities and standards; reform the judicial sector; step-up law enforcement reform; improve corrections administration and facilities; encourage civil society networks on the rule of law; address corruption; and start the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
HRPS is mandated to conduct the mission's child protection activities, and to this end has conducted a human rights survey of orphanages and assisted the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in closing down those falling short of the minimum standards. HRPS works closely with UNICEF and the Child Protection Network in this regard.
HRPS conducts a range of capacity-building activities, including for police and plantation security firms, community-based organizations, and judicial authorities. This area of work is set to expand in 2006. HRPS is also conducting a comprehensive human rights programme within the education system. This involves the establishment and on-going support to High School Human Rights Clubs (43 to date), the development of a human rights curriculum and teacher training module and the provision of a human rights course within the University of Liberia Faculty of Law.