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Allies support Ukraine's genocide lawsuit at UN International Court of Justice

20 September, 2023 Wednesday
18:52

On Wednesday, September 20, more than a dozen European countries, along with Australia and Canada, appealed to the United Nations' International Court of Justice to determine its jurisdiction in Ukraine's genocide case against Russia

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Reuters reported on this development.

During the proceedings, Germany informed the judges that European countries firmly believe that the court indeed has jurisdiction. Wiebke Rückert from Germany stated that her country had a keen interest in how the genocide treaty was interpreted, especially given its historical context.

Reuters also highlighted that Ukraine, in The Hague, accuses the Russian Federation of violating the 1948 UN Convention on Genocide, which was established after World War II. Ukraine argues that the Russian invasion was justified to halt the alleged genocide in eastern Ukraine.

Approximately 150 nations have signed the Convention and are thus invested in how the court interprets it. This case at the International Court of Justice has seen an unprecedented number of states intervening, underscoring strong support for Kyiv.

  • On September 18, the UN International Court of Justice began deliberations on Ukraine's second lawsuit against the Russian Federation, specifically under the Genocide Convention. The hearings are scheduled to continue from September 18 to 27, with a decision on jurisdiction expected at a later date.

  • Subsequently, while addressing the UN International Court of Justice in The Hague, Anton Korynevych, Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responded to Russia's allegation that Ukraine is committing genocide against its own people.

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