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Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic

Map of Syrian Arab Republic © OCHAThe Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic was established on 22 August 2011 by the Human Rights Council through resolution S-17/1 adopted at its 17th special session with a mandate to investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law since March 2011 in the Syrian Arab Republic. 

The Commission was also tasked 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 of ensuring that perpetrators of violations, including those that may constitute crimes against humanity, are held accountable. Read more

For any query, please write to: coisyria@ohchr.org

DOCUMENTATION

Oral Update of the independent international commission of inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
18 March 2014
English
Video of the press conference

7th Report of Commission of Inquiry on Syria - A/HRC/25/65
12 February (published on 5 March 2014)
English | Arabic  Chinese | French | Russian | Spanish
Press release: English | Arabic
Video of the press conference

Conference Room Paper: "Without a trace: enforced disappearances in Syria"
19 December 2013
English | Arabic
Press release: English | Arabic

Resolution adopted at HRC 24th regular session [40 in favour, 1 against, 6 abstentions] - A/HRC/24/L.38
27 September 2013
English

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STATEMENTS

Statement by Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
18 March 2014

Statement by Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, at the HRC 24th regular session, Geneva
16 September 2013

Address by Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, to the United Nations General Assembly Plenary Session, New York
29 July 2013

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PRESS RELEASES

UN panel concludes that enforced disappearances in Syria widespread and being used as tactic of war - 19 December 2013
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Commission of inquiry on Syria to brief General Assembly, Monday 29 July - 26 July 2013
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Press release from the Commission of Inquiry on Syria (chemical weapons) - 6 May 2013
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BIOGRAPHIES

Current Commissioners:
Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro (Chairperson) (Brazil), Chair
Karen Koning AbuZayd (United States)
Carla del Ponte (Switzerland)
Vitit Muntarbhorn (Thailand)

Former Commissioner:
Yakin Erturk (Turkey) 


MANDATE

To investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law since March 2011 in the Syrian Arab Republic, and to establish the facts and circumstances that may amount to such violations and of the crimes perpetrated. Read more...


PHOTOS

Photos of the Commission of Inquiry activities including presentations to the Human Rights Council, press encounters and filed visits…


FEATURE STORIES
Assault on medical care: a distinct and chilling reality of the civil war in Syria
8 October 2013 -- The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, in a special report to the 24th Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva has focused attention on the assault on medical care of the sick and wounded, as one of the “most alarming features of the Syrian conflict.”
08-10-2013

Commission of Inquiry on Syria: civilians bearing the brunt of the “unrelenting spiral of violence”
18 September 2012-- The Commission of Inquiry on Syria alerts the Human Rights Council on escalating levels of violence and renews its call for a diplomatic resolution of the conflict in Syria...

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