UN establishes Commission of Inquiry on Gaza

The UN Human Rights Council today decided to establish an independent, international commission of enquiry to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the OPT, including East Jerusalem, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip.

The Human Rights Council’s decision, in its Resolution S-21/1, came at the conclusion of a special session of the Council on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. The ICJ itself called on the establishment of a commission of enquiry, emphasising that certain attacks by the Israel Defense Forces and Palestinian armed groups constituted crimes under international law and that all perpetrators must be held to account.

The newly established commission of inquiry will report to the Human Rights Council at its 28th regular session in February-March 2015.

OPT-HRC-SpecialSession-OralStatement-2014 (download ICJ oral statement in PDF)

A-HRC-RES-S-21-1_en (download Human Rights Council Resolution S-21/1 in Word)

Go to webpage on ICJ’s written statement to the Human Rights Council

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