From HRC resolution S-17/1
- To investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law since March 2011 in the Syrian Arab Republic
- To establish the facts and circumstances that may amount to such violations and of the crimes perpetrated
- And, where possible, to identify those responsible with a view to ensuring that perpetrators of violations, including those that may constitute crimes against humanity, are held accountable.
From HRC resolution S/19-1 (Al-Houlah)
- To urgently conduct a comprehensive, independent and unfettered special inquiry, consistent with international standards, into the events in El-Houleh
- If possible, to publicly identify those who appear responsible for these atrocities
- To preserve the evidence of crimes for possible future criminal prosecutions or a future justice process, with a view to hold to account those responsible
- To provide a full report of the findings of its special inquiry to the Human Rights Council at its twentieth session
- To coordinate, as appropriate, with relevant United Nations mechanisms.
From HRC resolution 21/26
- To conduct an international, transparent, independent and prompt investigation into abuses and violations of international law, with a view to hold to account those responsible for violations and abuses, including those that may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes.