Nicaragua case against Germany over Gaza 'genocide' before ICJ next month

AFP , Friday 15 Mar 2024

Top UN judges will start listening to submissions next month in the case filed by Nicaragua accusing Berlin of facilitating genocide in Gaza because of its support for Israel, officials said Friday.

International Court of Justice (ICJ) President Joan Donoghue (C) speaks at the ICJ prior to the announcement of an initial ruling in the genocide case against Israel, brought by South Africa, in The Hague. AFP


Two weeks ago Nicaragua filed a case against Germany before the International Court of Justice, saying Berlin was "facilitating the commission of genocide and... failed in its obligation to do everything possible to prevent the commission of genocide," in Gaza.

This included Berlin's suspension of funding of the UN Palestinian refugee agency.

The Hague-based ICJ said it will hold hearings on April 8 and 9 for both countries to make submissions.

"The hearings will be devoted to the request for the indication of provisional measures contained in Nicaragua's Application," the ICJ said in a statement.

Managua has asked the court to take a swift interim stance against Germany before the case was given an in-depth study by judges.

The lodging of the case follows the ICJ saying on January 26 that Israel must do everything to prevent genocidal acts in Gaza and take immediate measures for aid provisions.

That interim order was given as the court moves to weigh in full a case lodged in December by South Africa alleging that Israel was engaged in genocide in Gaza.

Israel has dismissed South Africa's case as a "grossly distorted story".

ICJ rulings are legally binding, but the court has no enforcement mechanism.

Israel has carried out a relentless campaign of bombardment and ground operations in Gaza, killing at least 31,490 people, most of them children, according to the health ministry.

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