Commission looking into Dag Hammarskjold death says UN should reopen inquiry


A commission chaired by Cloisters’ Sir Stephen Sedley to look into the death of former UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold has recommended that the UN should reopen its investigation.

Mr Hammarskjold’s plane was travelling to Congo in a 1961 peace mission when it crashed in Zambia. The 1962 investigation that followed failed to identify what caused the crash. However the Commission believes that there is more evidence available. In particular the Commission reported that the US National Security Agency might hold crucial evidence.

The Hammarskjöld Commission is a voluntary body of four international jurists who have been invited by an international Enabling Committee to report whether in their view the evidence now available would justify the United Nations in reopening its inquiry pursuant to the 1962 resolution of the General Assembly.

The Commission is sponsored by the Hammarskjöld Inquiry Trust, which was set up in 2012 by members of the Enabling Committee.

The Commission report can be found here.

News coverage by the BBC can be found here.