On 27 May 2021, the Human Rights Council held a special session on “the Grave Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem” and adopted the resolution “Ensuring respect for international human rights law and international humanitarian law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel”.
resolution, the Human Rights Council decided to “urgently establish an ongoing, independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate, in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel, all alleged violations and abuses of international human rights law leading up and since 13 April 2021”. The resolution further requested the commission of inquiry to “investigate all underlying root causes of recurrent tensions, instability and protraction of conflict, including systematic discrimination and repression based on national, ethnic, racial or religious identity”. The commission of inquiry was mandated to report to the Human Rights Council and to the General Assembly on an annual basis as from June 2022 and September 2022, respectively.
The Human Rights Council decided that the independent international commission of inquiry shall:
The commission of inquiry will report on its main activities on an annual basis to the Human Rights Council and to the General Assembly, commencing in June and September 2022 respectively. The High Commissioner will provide an oral update to the Human Rights Council on progress made in the implementation of the resolution in September 2021.
The commission will be comprised of three expert members, one of whom shall serve as Chair, appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council. The commission will be supported by a secretariat comprising the necessary expertise for the implementation of the mandate, including professional investigators and legal analysts. The commission of inquiry will gather information from a wide variety of sources, including through travel to the region to meet with witnesses and victims.
The Commission invites individuals, groups and organizations to submit information and documentation relevant to its mandate. In particular, the Commission would welcome information concerning:
The mandate of the Commission is permanent and so it would welcome submissions at any time. However, it would be grateful to receive submissions as early as possible, to enable the Secretariat to process the information, including any follow-up if necessary.
Information can be submitted in English, Arabic and/or Hebrew.
The Commission attaches the utmost importance to the protection of sources, notably concerning the respect for confidentiality and the ‘do no harm’ principle (not to jeopardize the life, safety, freedom and well-being of victims, witnesses and other cooperating persons). It will disclose the identity of cooperating persons strictly subject to their informed consent and will use the information provided by them in accordance with their stated wishes when providing it.
In order to preserve the security and confidentiality of the information submitted, it is recommended to submit it through the secure cloud created by the Commission for this purpose. Please upload the submission to the cloud, along with any relevant attachments.
Please note that individual acknowledgements of receipt of information will not be sent to the author(s). It should be noted that not all information provided will necessarily be reflected in public reports. In particular, cases alleging violations falling outside the mandate cannot be considered.
President of Human Rights Council appoints Members of Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel
22 July 2021
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