2014 has already heralded two significant developments related to monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding (MRF) mechanisms for collecting information on alleged international law violations. First, the Human Rights Council (HRC) published their “Report of the detailed findings of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” in February. This report may provide a roadmap for the second important development, the HRC’s decision in March to investigate alleged international law violations during the final phase of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka. More broadly, both these efforts offer lessons for any group or body participating in MRF activities.
PHAP Thematic Notes
Chris Jenks, Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-Finding: Does the Human Rights Council Report on Human Rights in North Korea Provide a Template for the Sri Lankan Investigation?, PHAP Thematic Notes (April 28, 2014).