International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission to lead an independent forensic investigation in Eastern Ukraine (Luhansk province) [19/05/2017]
Bern/19.05.17 – The International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) was asked by the OSCE to lead an independent forensic investigation in relation to the incident of 23 April 2017 that occurred in Pryshyb (Luhansk Province) and caused the death of a paramedic and the injury of two monitors of its Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM).
On 18 May 2017 the Secretary General of the OSCE Lamberto Zannier and the President of the IHFFC Thilo Marauhn signed a memorandum of understanding between the two organizations, followed by a distinct agreement relating to the incident. Based on the terms of reference agreed therein, the purpose of the independent forensic investigation is to establish the facts of the incident by conducting a post-blast scene forensic and technical assessment against the background of international humanitarian law. While the investigation will be guided by the applicable rules of international humanitarian law, criminal responsibility and accountability for the explosion is outside its scope.
Ambassador Alfredo Labbé (Chile), Vice-President of the IHFFC, will lead the investigation team. The other members of the team will be proposed by the IHFFC and selected by the team leader in consultation with the OSCE Secretary General.
The team will conduct its investigation confidentially and will report to the OSCE Secretary General only.
· 22 February 2017
Annual Meeting of the Commission [22/02/2017]
The International Humanitarian Fact-finding Commission (IHFFC) held its annual meeting from 20 to 22 February in Geneva.This was the first meeting of the IHFFC members since their election, held last December, by the 76 States parties to the First Protocol additional to the Geneva Conventions that have recognised the Commission's competence.
During this annual meeting, the members have elected the bureau of the Commision, composed of Prof. Thilo Marauhn (Germany), President; Dr. Elzbieta Mikos-Skuza (Poland), 1st Vice-President; Dr. Mohamed Mahmoud Al Kamali (United Arab Emirates), Vice-President; Dr. Robin McNeill Love (United Kingdom), Vice-President and Ambassador Alfredo Labbé (Chile), Vice-President.
· 08 December 2016
Diplomatic Meeting of 8 December 2016, Bern - Election of the 15 members of the IHFFC and amendments of the Financial Procedures [08/12/2016]
At the invitation of Switzerland, the depositary state of the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, the fifth diplomatic meeting was held in Bern on 8 December 2016, during which the members of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission were elected. The 76 States Parties to the first Additional Protocol of 1977 to the Geneva Convention accepting the competence of the Commission were entitled to participate in this election. 68 States took part in the meeting under the chairmanship of Ambassador Jürg Lindenmann Deputy Director of the Directorate of International Law DIL of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA and the vice-chairmanship of H.E Ambassador Antonio Trombetta, Ambassador of Argentina in Bern.
After the first ballot the following candidates were elected (in the alphabetical order of their state of origin):
Mr RACHID BELHADJ, Algeria Mr MARIO J.A. OYARZÁBAL, Argentina Mr ALFREDO LABBÉ, Chile Mr THILO MARAUHN, Germany Mr STELIOS PERRAKIS, Greece Mrs RÉKA VARGA, Hungary Mr SHUICHI FURUYA, Japan Mr JUSTINAS ŽILINSKAS, Lithuania Mrs ELŻBIETA MIKOS-SKUZA, Poland Mr ABDULLA RASHID S. A. AL-NAIMI, Qatar Mr FRANCISCO REY MARCOS, Spain Mrs ÅSA MOLDE, Sweden Mrs LAURENCE BOILLAT, Switzerland Mr MOHAMED MAHMOUD AL KAMALI, United Arab Emirates Mr ROBIN M C MCNEILL LOVE, United Kingdom
For the final results containing the number of votes obtained by the elected candidates including the absolute majority and the list of participants, please click here. The newly-formed Commission was elected for a term of office of five years and will enter into function at its first annual meeting planned to take place on 20-22 February 2017 in Geneva. During this diplomatic meeting, the 68 participating States have also unanimously adopted amendments of the Financial Procedures proposed by the Depositary. To consult these amendments, please click here.
Final Results (First Ballot incl. absolute majority) List of participants
· 21 October 2016
6th Committee UN General Assembly, New York [21/10/2016]
Statement before the 6th Committee UN General Assembly, New York, October 7th 2016
· 07 September 2016
Diplomatic meeting of the States accepting the competence of the IHFFC [07/09/2016]
Diplomatic meeting of the States accepting the competence of the IHFFC will take place on December 8th 2016 in Bern. In its capacity as Depositary Switzerland has convened this conference in accordance with Article 90(1)(b) of the 1977 Protocol I Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1949.
The main object of this conference is the election of the 15 members of the Commission for a term of 5 years. The States have been invited to submit candidatures no later than 15 October 2016.
The IHFFC at 25 - Presidential Report 2015 [07/09/2016]
Please click here to find an employment offer for a part-time position of Coordination Manager.
· 22 February 2016
Syria – attacks of 15 February 2016 on schools and hospitals [22/02/2016]
The International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) stands ready to offer its services in relation to the attacks of 15 February 2016 on schools and hospitals in Northern Syria – in particular on a hospital supported by Doctors without Borders (MSF) in Ma’arat Al-Numan (Idlib province). In this context, the Commission has taken the necessary steps. The IHFFC is bound by confidentiality and cannot give any further information at this stage.
· 25 January 2016
Yemen - call made by Médecins Sans Frontières [25/01/2016]
The International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) has taken note of the call made by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) in relation to the events in the Razeh district, northern Yemen, on 10th January 2016. The Commission has previously taken appropriate steps and stands ready to provide its services in this context. The IHFFC is bound by confidentiality and cannot give any further information at this stage.
· 05 January 2016
22 - 25 February 2016: IHFFC Annual Meeting in Geneva [05/01/2016]
The 2016 Annual Meeting of the IHFFC will take place from the 22 - 25th of February 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.