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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

Conference Room Paper: Selected testimonies from victims of the Syrian conflict
16 September 2014
English

8th Report of Commission of Inquiry on Syria - A/HRC/27/60
13 August (published on 27 August 2014)
English | French | Spanish | Arabic | Chinese | Russian
Press release: English
Q & A on the 8th report: English

Resolution adopted at HRC 26th regular session [32 in favour, 5 against, 9 abstentions] - A/HRC/26/L.4/Rev.1
27 June 2014
English | French | Spanish | Arabic | Chinese | Russian

Resolution adopted at the HRC 25th regular session [32 in favour, 4 against, 11 abstentions] - A/HRC/RES/25/23
28 March 2014
English | French | Spanish | Arabic | Chinese | Russian

Oral Update of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
17 June 2014
English [Advance Version]

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

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STATEMENTS

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

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

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

All statements… 


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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All press releases...


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
The conflict in Syria reaches a tipping point: violence at unimaginable levels

The conflict in Syria reaches a tipping point: violence at unimaginable levels

Warning of a regional war in the Middle East, the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria foresees violent repercussions in Syria from events in neighbouring Iraq.
19 June 2014
Open wounds: torture and ill-treatment in Syria

Open wounds: torture and ill-treatment in Syria

A new thematic paper produced by the UN Human Rights Office on torture in Syria highlights horrific accounts from victims of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment by Government forces and some armed opposition groups.
28 May 2014
Terrorised population in Syria deserves a political solution, states UN Commission

Terrorised population in Syria deserves a political solution, states UN Commission

Syrians want a peaceful resolution to the conflict and accountability for the crimes committed in their country, the Commission of Inquiry on Syria tells the Human Rights Council.
3 April 2014