How to submit testimony to the Commission

Important points:

  1. Testimony must include contact details for the author(s) of the submission (name, address, e-mail address, etc.;  
  2. Please indicate whether the submission, or any part of it (including your contact information), should be treated confidentially;
  3. Submissions can be as brief as a page or two and should describe negative consequences personally experienced;
  4. You can write in English, Arabic, Hebrew or any UN official language.  
  5.  The deadline for sending submissions is January 31, 2015

Procedure for submissions:

Submissions may be sent:

By e-mail to: coigaza@ohchr.org – (Request a ‘read receipt’ so that you can track whether your submission was read.)

By postal mail to: The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict, Palais de Nations, CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland. (We suggest sending letters by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, so that you can track your submission.)

You can also submit a statement by using the convenient form on the Write a Statement to the Commission page on this website.

When writing, remember:

The Commission wants written, first-hand, personal accounts of traumatic experiences from people affected by last summer’s round of hostilities, in order to document violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and particularly in Gaza, in the context of the military operations conducted since 13 June 2014, whether before, during or after. Although it is almost certain that the Commission’s mandate is concerned with alleged violations occurring in those areas, rather than violations of law originating from those areas. the Commissioners explicitly interpret their mandate to include investigations of the activities of Palestinian armed groups in Gaza, including attacks on Israel as well as the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip and Israeli actions in the West Bank including East Jerusalem. The Commission of Inquiry is looking at a broad range of alleged violations committed and is considering the full range of human rights, including economic, social and cultural rights.

Testimony should be submitted as soon as possible, because the deadline for submission is January 31, 2015.

 

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