ICJ to Rule on Genocide Allegations Against Russia

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) would issue a ruling on Wednesday afternoon in Ukraine v. Russian Federation case regarding Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

The court said in a statement that the court’s president, Judge Joan E. Donoghue, will deliver the order at the Peace Palace in The Hague where only members of the court and parties related to the case are permitted to be present due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the hearing will be live-streamed.

The UN’s highest court held last week its first hearing in the case but the Russian representatives skipped it in a move Ukrainian envoy Anton Korynevych said speaks loudly before calling upon Moscow to lay down the arms and put forward their evidence.

Arguing that Moscow has falsely applied genocide law in justifying its invasion, Ukraine is now seeking an emergency order to halt hostilities.

Ukraine alleged in its application to the ICJ filed earlier this month that Russia has falsely claimed that acts of genocide have occurred in Ukraine’s two separatist regions, self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics that Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized as independent days before Moscow’s full-scale military invasion.

Although Putin justifies Russia’s special military action as necessary to protect Russian-speaking people who have been subjected to bullying and genocide in eastern Ukraine, Ukraine claims that the Russian accusations have no basis in fact.

On top of that, Kyiv claims that it’s Russia that is now involved in a grave and widespread violations of the human rights of the Ukrainian people as part of its military invasion of Ukraine.

At least 79 children, 1,300 Ukrainian soldiers, and 12,00 Russian troops have been killed since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine and over 2.5 million people have fled Ukraine.

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