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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

Press Release from the Commission of Inquiry on Syria (release of human rights defenders) 
14 August 2015
English | Arabic

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
English
Press Conference: English

9th Report of Commission of Inquiry on Syria - A/HRC/28/69
5 February 2015 (published on 20 February 2015)
English | French | Spanish | Arabic | Chinese | Russian
Press release: 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
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

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

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PRESS RELEASES

UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria: Impunity prevails as little progress is made towards securing peace and justice for Syrians - 20 February 2015
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UN Commission of Inquiry: Syrian victims reveal ISIS’s calculated use of brutality and indoctrination - 14 November 2014
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Syria’s brutal war threatens international peace and security: UN commission of inquiry - 27 August 2014
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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
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
Syria’s brutal war threatens international peace and security, says UN rights panel

Syria’s brutal war threatens international peace and security, says UN rights panel

In its latest report, the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria emphasized that with the continuous influx of foreign fighters and the success of extremist groups, “risks of the conflict spreading further are palpable.”
27 August 2014
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