The Mechanism, through its Head and Deputy Head, engages on a regular basis with various States as regards the Mechanism’s work, and to explore their willingness to provide the Mechanism with access to relevant information and evidence in their possession. As part of this, the Mechanism discusses with States whether their national laws and procedures enable the States’ full cooperation with the Mechanism, both proactively and at the Mechanism’s request, as well as the scope for using files and materials prepared by the Mechanism.

Efforts are ongoing to ascertain and encourage States’ cooperation with the Mechanism, including sharing any information and evidence in their possession. The Mechanism encourages all States, including parties to hostilities, to provide information and evidence in their possession.

The Mechanism is also in contact with various States’ “war crimes units” to gather their views on how the Mechanism can best provide assistance to their efforts in prosecuting those responsible for international crimes in Syria.

UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria

The Mechanism is currently engaging with various UN bodies, among which the Commission of Inquiry on Syria is a key interlocutor, as is indicated in General Assembly resolution 71/248. The Mechanism has met, and will continue to meet with the Commissioners and their Secretariat, to discuss modalities of cooperation and information sharing.


The Mechanism is also in contact with international and national NGOs, including those involved in the documentation and mapping of violations and abuses. The Head of the IIIM has already met with numerous Syrian NGOs and is committed to further strengthening the relationship between them, and in particular Syrian civil society, and the Mechanism.
In liaising with NGOs, the Mechanism aims to enhance their understanding of the Mechanism’s mandate and also to discuss modalities for cooperation, as well as securing their commitment to provide the Mechanism with relevant information and documentation in their possession.

On 3 April 2018 in Lausanne, the Mechanism and 28 Syrian NGOs signed a protocol of collaboration. The purpose of the protocol is to outline a set of overarching principles to guide the engagement between the Mechanism and the signatory NGOs, and to ensure mutual understanding regarding opportunities for collaboration, in furtherance of the parties’ common goal of ensuring justice, accountability, and redress for victims of crimes committed in Syria.
While operational details or working procedures may be addressed, if required, in individual memoranda of understanding (MoUs) between the Mechanism and each organization, the principles outlined in the protocol provide a general framework for cooperation that can extend to other NGOs willing to collaborate with the Mechanism in the future.

Protocol of Cooperation between the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism and Syrian Civil Society Organisations participating in the Lausanne Platform


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