The United Nations Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

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Current Members

Santiago Canton (Argentina)

Mr. Canton is currently the Secretary of Human Rights for the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was formerly Director of RFK Partners for Human Rights at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Before joining the RFK Center, Mr. Canton was the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for eleven years after serving as the first Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression in the Inter American System. From 1994 to 1998 Mr. Canton was Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI). He has also served as a political assistant to former United States President Jimmy Carter in democratic development programs in countries in Latin America. Mr. Canton holds a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires and a Master degree in International Law from the Washington College of Law of American University.

Sara Hossain (Bangladesh)

Ms. Hossain is a lawyer who practices at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. In 2016, she was appointed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as one of the two experts on accountability to support the work of the Special Rapporteur on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. She was a recipient of the 2016 International Women of Courage Award awarded by the US Secretary of State. She also served as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture in 2017-18. She had earlier served as a Commissioner of the ICJ and is on the Advisory Committee of the Women’s Initiative for Gender Justice.

Kaari Betty Murungi (Kenya)

Ms. Murungi is a lawyer who has practiced law at national, regional and international levels, and has experience in the management of non-governmental and non-profit organisations.  She served on the board of the Kenya Human Rights Commission and the Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice, among others.  She has background in international human rights in the context of violent conflict with experience in international criminal justice and accountability mechanisms. She has worked in Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Northern Uganda and South Sudan and served for a short period as Vice Chairperson and Commissioner to the Kenya Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, and as the Africa representative on the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims at the International Criminal Court (2010- 2013).

Former Members

David Michael Crane (United States of América)

Mr. Crane is an international law expert who has served over 30 years in the federal government of the United States having held numerous key positions, including Senior Inspector General in the Department of Defence.  In 2006, he was appointed Professor of Practice at Syracuse University College of Law where he teaches international criminal law, international law, national security law, and the law of armed conflict.  Professor Crane served as Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone from April 2002 until 15 July 2005, during which period he indicted, among others, the then-President of Liberia, Charles Taylor.  

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