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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

Remarks made by Paulo Pinheiro, Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Human Rights Council
15 March 2016
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15 March 2016 Press Stakeout by the OHCHR / Human Rights Council / Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic (Audio)

Commission of Inquiry on Syria - Media Stakeout (Geneva, 15 March 2016) (video)

Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic (Advance Edited Version)
Release date: 22 February 2016
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Press Release: "Almost five years on, Syria is a country destroyed with civilians paying the biggest price: UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria"
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Thematic Report: "Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Deaths in Detention in the Syrian Arab Republic"
Release date: 8 February 2016
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Press Release: "Syrian Civilians Suffering Large-Scale and Widespread Executions and Deaths in Detention Centres on All Sides of the Conflict"
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10th Report of Commission of Inquiry on Syria - (A/HRC/30/48), 13 August 2015 (published on 3 September 2015) 
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A/HRC/30/48/Corr.1
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Press Conference
Press Release
Press conference opening remarks by Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro

Oral Update of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
23 June 2015
Speech (E, A) and Presentation (A/HRC/29/CRP.3)

The use of barrel bombs and indiscriminate bombardment in Syria: the need to strengthen compliance with international humanitarian law, Presentation made by Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the COI at a side event hosted by the Permanent Mission of Austria and Article 36
12 March 2015
Speech and Presentation

Oral Update of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
17 March 2015
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Press Conference: E

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STATEMENTS

Statement attributable to the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic 
16 February 2016

Statement by Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
23 June 2015

Statement by Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
17 March 2015

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

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PRESS RELEASES

The Commission of Inquiry on Syria Welcomes the UN Security Council’s Road Map for Peace in the Syrian Arab Republic - 21 December 2015
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Video Press Conference by COI on the Syrian Arab Republic - 12 November 2015
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Human Rights Council holds interactive dialogue with the Commission on Inquiry on Syria - 21 September 2015
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Video Press Conference by COI on the Syrian Arab Republic - 3 September 2015
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UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria: No end in sight for Syrian civilians - 3 September 2015
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Press conference opening remarks by Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro - 3 September 2015
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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 vi


olations 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
Out of sight, out of mind: deaths in detention in Syria

Out of sight, out of mind: deaths in detention in Syria

Syrian men, women, and children have been transferred to one of the dozens of official or secret Government-run detention facilities in the Syrian Arab Republic. Thousands of them have been killed while in custody.
15 February 2016
Crying Out for Justice: the Continued Plight of Syrian Civilians

Crying Out for Justice: the Continued Plight of Syrian Civilians

The latest UN Commission of Inquiry report on the Syrian Arab Republic calls for urgent action to ensure the effective protection of civilians caught up in protracted fighting. The report, the tenth from the Commission, was presented during an interactive dialogue at the 30th session of the Human Rights Council.
22 September 2015
UN rights experts describe ‘unconscionable’ suffering of Syrians in four-year conflict

UN rights experts describe ‘unconscionable’ suffering of Syrians in four-year conflict

Four UN human rights experts briefed the Security Council today on a new report into human rights and humanitarian law violations in Syria, saying unthinkable crimes continue occurring daily, with victims' voices in danger of being lost amid the horrors of the conflict.
20 February 2015