Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria


As the war is poised to enter its sixth year, its horrors are pervasive and ever-present. The lives of Syrian men, women and children have been ravaged as they suffer the destruction of their country and the devastation of the Syrian mosaic. As the conflict has intensified, civilians remain the primary victims, and are often the object of deliberate attacks by the warring parties.

Flagrant violations of human rights and international humanitarian law continue unabated, aggravated by blatant impunity. Relevant Security Council resolutions remain largely unheeded and unimplemented. Crimes against humanity continue to be committed by government forces and by Islamic State in Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS). War crimes by the
belligerents are rampant.

The call for peace is imperative. Momentum must be sustained to ensure an all-inclusive,Syrian-led process to end the armed conflict and transition towards peace. Accountability is an essential part of this process.

Ensuring humanitarian access and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms remains paramount. Local and international actors, with their underlying constituencies, bear a shared responsibility to bring this process to fruition, while countering the spread of terrorism and extreme violence in the region.

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DOCUMENTATION


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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10th Report of Commission of Inquiry on Syria – (A/HRC/30/48), 13 August 2015 (published on 3 September 2015)
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A/HRC/30/48/Corr.1
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Press Conference
Press Release
Press conference opening remarks by Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro

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
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Press Conference: E

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STATEMENTS


Statement attributable to the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
16 February 2016

Statement by Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
23 June 2015

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

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PRESS RELEASES


The Commission of Inquiry on Syria Welcomes the UN Security Council’s Road Map for Peace in the Syrian Arab Republic – 21 December 2015
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Video Press Conference by COI on the Syrian Arab Republic – 12 November 2015
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Human Rights Council holds interactive dialogue with the Commission on Inquiry on Syria – 21 September 2015
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Video Press Conference by COI on the Syrian Arab Republic – 3 September 2015
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UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria: No end in sight for Syrian civilians – 3 September 2015
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Press conference opening remarks by Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro – 3 September 2015
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