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
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.
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