The assortment of fact-finding organs and missions created within the framework of intergovernmental organizations is vast and multifaceted. Some of these missions are established on the basis of previously existing rules but most of them are created ad hoc. The establishment, methodology, mandate and goals of a fact-finding mission depend on many different factors: the organization or body that creates it; the powers conferred on it; the attitude of the State where the mission will be deployed; and the degree of the international community’s political support for the investigating effort.
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