Hague court to hold public hearings in Ukraine vs Russia case early in June
The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, will hold public hearings in the case concerning the Application of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Ukraine vs the Russian Federation).
The hearings will be held at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the seat of the Court from Monday, June 3, to Friday, June 7, 2019, the court said in an announcement on May 1.
The hearings will be devoted to the Preliminary Objections raised by the Russian Federation.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine on January 16, 2017, opened a case in the UN International Court of Justice against the Russian Federation over numerous and systematic violations of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
The document also concerns the facts of repression against Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar activists in Russia-occupied Crimea.
The UN International Court of Justice on April 19, 2017, announced a decision, which partially satisfied Ukraine's claim seeking provisional measures against Russia. The measures relate to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
The court indicated that Russia should refrain from further limitations on the ability of the Crimean Tatars to preserve their institutions, including the Mejlis. This decision was backed by 13 judges, three were against. It was unanimously decided that Russia should guarantee the availability of education in the Ukrainian language.
Regarding the accusations brought against the Russian Federation for the violation of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, the court decided that Ukraine had not provided sufficient evidence that would be a significant basis for the application of provisional measures.
On June 12, 2018, Ukraine lodged a memorandum with the ICJ on racial discrimination in Russia-occupied Crimea and the financing of terrorism by the Russian Federation. In particular, evidence of the delivery of the Russian-made Buk anti-aircraft system to Donbas that was used to shot down a Malaysian Boeing 777 aircraft (flight MH17) was included by Ukraine in a memorandum on the financing of terrorism by Russia.