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The Human Rights Council appoints an International Commission of Inquiry to investigate Syria
Friday, 16 September 2011 13:40

 

On 12 September, the President of the Human Rights Council, Laura Dupuy Lasserre announced the appointment of three high-level experts as members of the Commission of Inquiry to investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law since March 2011 in the Syrian Arab Republic.  The three Experts are Ms. Yakin Erturk, Mr. Sergio Pinheiro, and Karin Abu Zeid.  Mr. Pinheiro will serve as Chair of the Commission.

 

The Council resolved to establish the independent, international Commission of Inquiry at the end of its seventeenth Special Session on the human rights situation in the Syrian Arab Republic on 23 August 2011.

 

The Commission’s mandate is to investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law since March 2011 in the Syrian Arab Republic, 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.

 

The same resolution requested the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to provide the full administrative, technical and logistical support needed to enable the Commission to carry out its mandate.

 

The Commission is due to make public its findings to the Council as soon as possible, and in any case before end of November 2011.  In addition, the commission of inquiry will present a written update to the report on the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic in an interactive dialogue with the participation of the High Commissioner at the nineteenth session of the Human Rights Council in March 2012.

 

The President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Laura Dupuy Lasserre underlined the importance for the Syrian authorities to fully cooperate with the Commission.

 

To read more about the members of the Commission of Inquiry click here for the original press release.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 16 September 2011 13:44
 
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