The International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, accepted Nicaragua’s request to be part of the complaint that South Africa filed against Israel, for genocide against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
“On January 23, 2024, Nicaragua, referring to Article 62 of the Statute of the Court, presented to the Secretariat a request to intervene “as a party” in the case related to the application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip”, the ICJ statement said.
The ICJ recognized that Nicaragua has legitimate legal interests to take part in the hearings, which is in accordance with the rights and obligations established by the Genocide Convention for all Member States.
Previously, ICJ judges issued provisional measures and ordered Israel to avoid genocidal acts in the Gaza Strip, although they did not demand an immediate end to the fighting.
In its request, Nicaragua urged the judges to recognize that Israel is failing to comply with its obligations under the Genocide Convention and to require it to stop acts or measures that result in the loss of lives of thousands of Palestinians.
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