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The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict

Commissioners of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in GAZA

Latest News: Launch of the report of the Commission of Inquiry on the Gaza Conflict


MANDATE

In its resolution A/HRC/RES/S-21/1 adopted on 23 July 2014, on “Ensuring respect for international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem”, the United Nations Human Rights Council requested the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to “to urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry, to be appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council, to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip, in the context of the military operations conducted since 13 June 2014, whether before, during or after, to establish the facts and circumstances of such violations and of the crimes perpetrated and to identify those responsible, to make recommendations, in particular on accountability measures, all with a view to avoiding and ending impunity and ensuring that those responsible are held accountable, and on ways and means to protect civilians against any further assaults, and to report to the Council at its twenty-eighth session”.


ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMISSION

In order to implement its mandate, the Commission intends to conduct intensive travel to the region, hold hearings and meet with witnesses and victims, as well as gather information from a wide variety of sources. The Commissioners will also be accompanied by a team of professional investigators and analysts.


DOCUMENTATION

Report of the HRC A/HRC/28/79

HRC resolution S-21/1


SUMMARY

On 23 July 2014, the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution in which it decided to establish an independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip, in the context of the military operations conducted since 13 June 2014, and to report to the Council at its twenty-eighth session in March 2015.


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict (established pursuant to resolution A/HRC/RES/S-21/1) has the mandate to “to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip, in the context of the military operations conducted since 13 June 2014, whether before, during or after”. The Commission of Inquiry interprets this mandate as including investigations of the activities of Palestinian armed groups in Gaza, including attacks on Israel, as well as the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip and Israeli actions in the West Bank including East Jerusalem. The Commission of Inquiry is looking at a broad range of alleged violations committed by all parties, and is considering the full range of human rights, including economic, social and cultural rights. The Commission of Inquiry will report to the Human Rights Council in March 2015.

The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict invites individuals, groups and organizations to submit information and documentation related to its mandate, as outlined in the summary above.

Procedure for submissions:

Submissions should be sent no later than 15 February 2015 in a written form and must include the contact details for the author(s) of the submission;
Submissions may be sent:

By email to: coigaza@ohchr.org

By post to: The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict, Palais de Nations, CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland

  • Please indicate whether the submission, or any part of it, should be treated confidentially.
  • The Commission of Inquiry encourages contributors to submit information in all UN languages and in Hebrew.

PRESS RELEASES

All communications are available on the HRC Extranet

Oral Update by the Chair of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict
23 March 2015
English

United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict
9 March 2015
English |  Arabic | Hebrew

United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict: extension of deadline to 15 February 2015 for additional submissions 
5 February 2015

English | Arabic | Hebrew

Press Statement on appointment of new Chair of Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict 
3 February 2015
English

Press Statement on the resignation of the Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict
3 February 2015
English

The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict visits Amman
 20 January 2015
English | Arabic | Hebrew

UN Commission of Inquiry on Gaza hears moving testimony, seeks access
23 December 2014
English | Arabic


TIMELINE

The Commission was established on 23 July 2014 and will report to the Council on 29 June 2015.


BIOGRAPHIES

Current Commissioners:

Former Commissioner/Chair:

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For submissions:
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