Poroshenko appoints envoy to represent Ukraine at ICJ hearings in suit against Russia

19:10, 24 February 2017
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree on the establishment of a Ukrainian delegation to participate in the International Court of Justice's proceedings into the violation by Russia of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Racial Discrimination.

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The delegation will be headed by Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal, according to the presidential press service.

The Ukrainian side will also be represented by Director of the EU Department at the Foreign Ministry Vsevolod Chentsov, Deputy Prosecutor General Yevhen Yenin, Head of the Main Department of Foreign Policy and European Integration at the Presidential Administration Ihor Zhovkva, Head of the Secretariat of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights Bohdan Kriklivenko, and Head of the Staff of the Chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachuk.

Read alsoUkraine filing suit against Russia with UN highest courtThe hearings in The Hague are scheduled for March 6-9.

As UNIAN reported earlier, January 16, Ukraine lodged a lawsuit against Russia with the International Criminal Court.

The lawsuit was filed under the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

The Ukrainian side states that the Russian Federation has been violating the Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism by providing weapons and other support to illegal armed groups who have committed a number of terrorist acts in Ukraine.

Ukraine also claims that Russia violates the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, by taking part in the discrimination campaign against non-Russian communities living in the occupied Crimea – in particular, ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars.

Read alsoThe Hague court accepts evidence of Russia's war crimesUkraine appealed to the ICC with a request to introduce provisional measures to prevent the continuation of human rights violations by Russia’s for the term of the consideration of the case in court.

On March 6-9, the Peace Palace in The Hague will host public hearings over Ukraine’s request for the introduction of provisional measures.

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