On 18 May 2018, the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution (S-28/1) in which it decided to urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate all alleged violations and abuses of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), including East Jerusalem, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip, in the context of the military assaults on the large-scale civilian protests that began on 30 March 2018, and to report to the Council at its fortieth session in March 2019.
The resolution requested the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to assist to enable the commission of inquiry to fulfil its mandate to:
The Commission of Inquiry will report to the Human Rights Council in March 2019.
In order to implement its mandate, the Commission intends to conduct travel to the region, meet with witnesses and victims, as well as gather information from a wide variety of sources. The Commissioners will also be accompanied by a team of professional investigators and analysts.
The Commission invites individuals, groups and organizations to submit information and documentation related to its mandate. In particular, the Commission would welcome information concerning:
The Commission of Inquiry invites individuals, groups and organizations to submit information and documentation related to its mandate.
Procedure for submissions:
Submissions should be sent no later than 31 October 2018 in a written form and must include the contact details for the author(s) of the submission.
Submissions may be sent:
By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
By post to: The United Nations Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Palais de Nations, CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland
The Commission is composed of:
Mr. Santiago Canton (Argentina), Chair
Ms. Sara Hossain (Bangladesh)
Ms. Kaari Betty Murungi (Kenya)
Mr. David Michael Crane (United States of America)
HRC resolution S-28/1
Human Rights Council President appoints Santiago Canton of Argentina as new chair of Commission of Inquiry on 2018 protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
20 September 2018
President of Human Rights Council appoints Members of Commission of Inquiry on 2018 protests in Occupied Palestinian Territory
25 July 2018
Statement at Human Rights Council, 39th session
24 September 2018
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