Switzerland organises election of International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission members

Press release, 19.11.2021

On 19 November 2021, Switzerland presided the election of the members of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC). Established under Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions, the IHFFC is the only permanent international treaty-based body mandated to respond to incidents relating to international humanitarian law. Switzerland runs the secretariat of the IHFFC.

The IHFFC is recognised by 76 States, including Switzerland. It is is made up of 15 members elected every five years by the states that have recognised its competence.

The IHFFC is competent to investigate grave breaches and serious violations of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and Additional Protocol I of 1977. It stands at the service of parties to an armed conflict to conduct investigations and to facilitate, through its good offices, the restoration of an attitude of respect for international humanitarian law.

In its capacity as depositary of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions, Switzerland runs the IHFFC's secretariat and organises its elections.

To elect the new members, the FDFA's Directorate of International Law (DIL) convened the 76 States that have recognised the IHFFC's competence for a meeting in Bern.

Result of the election of members on 19 November 2021

On 19 November 2021, the states present at the meeting elected, for a term of five years, the 15 members of the IHFFC (in alphabetical order of their state of origin):

Algeria   Mr RACHID BELHADJ
Argentina  Mr HOLGER FEDERICO MARTINSEN
Belgium  Mr VAIOS KOUTROULIS
Chile   Mr ALFREDO LABBÉ
Costa Rica   Ms DYANNE MARENCO GONZALEZ
Germany  Mr THILO MARAUHN
Madagascar  Ms TATIANA EDDIE RAZAFINDRAVAO
Mongolia   Mr SUKHBOLD SUKHEE
Poland    Ms ELŻBIETA MIKOS-SKUZA
Portugal   Mr MATEUS KOWALSKI
Qatar   Ms NOOR IBRAHIM AL-SADA
Slovakia   Ms KATARÍNA ŠMIGOVÁ
Sweden   Ms ÅSA MOLDE
United Arab Emirates   Mr MOHAMED AL KAMALI
United Kingdom   Mr ROBIN MCNEILL LOVE

The newly composed IHFFC will take office at its next annual meeting in March 2022. Each member serves in a personal capacity on the basis of the principle of impartiality.


Further information:

International law, FDFA
International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC)


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