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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

Human Rights Council resolution S-25/1 adopted on 21 October 2016
The deteriorating situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic, and the recent situation in Aleppo
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Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic - A/HRC/33/55
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Release date: 6 September 2016

Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic: “They came to destroy”: ISIS Crimes Against the Yazidis
Release date: 16 June 2016
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Press Release: UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria: ISIS is committing genocide against the Yazidis
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Full press conference
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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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All documents…


STATEMENTS

Statement by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic on the aerial attack against school complex in Haas village, Idlib
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28 October 2016

Statement by Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic at the 25th Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council
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21 October 2016

Statement by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic on Convoy to Orum al-Kubra, Western Aleppo
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20 September 2016

Statement by Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic to the Human Rights Council
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19 September 2016

All statements… 


PRESS RELEASES

 

Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic As peace talks stall, violence soars once again in Syria – New UN report - 6 September 2016
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UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria Condemns Unlawful Attacks in the Syrian Arab Republic - 11 May 2016
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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
Too long a wait for peace and justice - Commission of Inquiry

Too long a wait for peace and justice - Commission of Inquiry

The Commission of Inquiry on Syria urges parties to commit to a political solution to the conflict, and following a finding that ISIS is committing genocide in Syria, again calls upon the UN Security Council to refer the situation to international criminal justice.
1 July 2016
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