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Human Rights Due Diligence Policy on UN support to non-UN security forces (HRDDP)
Support by United Nations entities to non-UN security forces must be consistent with the Organization’s Purposes and Principles in the Charter and its obligations under international law to respect, promote and encourage respect for international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law. Such support should help recipients progress to a stage where compliance with these principles and bodies of law becomes the norm, ensured by the rule of law. Consistent with these obligations, UN support cannot be provided where there are substantial grounds for believing there is a real risk of the receiving entities committing grave violations of international humanitarian, human rights or refugee law and where the relevant authorities fail to take the necessary corrective or mitigating measures. For the same reasons, if the United Nations receives reliable information that provides substantial grounds to believe that a recipient of UN support is committing grave violations of international humanitarian, human rights or refugee law, the UN entity providing this support must intercede with the relevant authorities with a view to bringing those violations to an end. If, despite such intercession, the situation persists, the UN must suspend support to the offending elements. Notwithstanding the present policy, existing obligations of human rights, humanitarian and refugee law continue to apply to all UN activities.
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