Gender advisor to UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria

Berit Bachen Dahle, former police investigator and sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) expert, has been deployed as a gender expert to the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

As a member of the Commission, Bachen Dahle will ensure that appropriate attention is given to the investigation of alleged SGBV violations and other violations and abuses of women's rights. The Syria Commission of Inquiry was established by the Human Rights Council on 23 August 2011, with the mandate to investigate all allegations of violations of international human rights law committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011, to establish the facts and circumstances of these crimes and violations, and if possible to identify those responsible and ensure that perpetrators are held accountable for their actions. On 28 September 2012 the Human Rights Council decided to extend the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry, requesting it to continue its work, and to present a written report on the situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic at an interactive dialogue during the twenty-second session of the Council.

This is the first assignment that results from a partnership between NORDEM and the international roster Justice Rapid Response (JRR). NORDEM nominated Bachen Dahle as a SGBV expert to the JRR, which selected her for a specialised training and later for this particular assignment. The assignment is managed by UN Women with funding from the Norwegian MFA through NORDEM.

Published Jan. 28, 2013 2:58 PM