World Court Moves Ukraine’s Claims Against Russia Forward, Rejecting Objections on Jurisdiction

The Russian Federation claimed that the ICJ didn't have jurisdiction over the case

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09.11.2019

The International Court of Justice ruled that it has jurisdiction over Ukraine’s claim against Russia.

Ukraine will now be able to present a full package of charges and evidence.

Photo Twitter / Olena Zerkal

Russia claimed that the ICJ lacked jurisdiction over the case.

Photo Twitter / Olena Zerkal

“Despite Russia’s efforts of avoidance of accountability for its many violations of international law, today the @ICJ_ICJ decisively rejected Russia’s jurisdictional objections and agreed with Ukraine that its claims are properly before the Court,” Ukrainian representative at the hearings Olena Zerkal wrote on Twitter.  

All claims of Ukraine against Russia, comprising the funding of terrorism in Ukraine and racial discrimination in Crimea, will now move forward to a full hearing on the merits in the court, Zerkal said

On January 16, 2017, Ukraine filed a suit to ICJ stating that Russia is funding and equipping illegal armed groups in Donbas, violating the Convention that bans the funding of terrorist groups. Ukraine also accuses Russia of violating the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination – as Russia has systematically oppressed the Crimean Tatar people since the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

The first hearing in The Hague was on March 6, 2017. A decision on preventive measures was taken on April 19, 2017. The International Court of Justice in The Hague determined that Russia had to allow the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People to resume all activities.

Source UATV
date 09.11.2019
categories News releases, Ukraine
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