Nicaragua aspires to participate in South Africa’s case against Israel as a state party

Nicaragua has officially submitted an application to the International Court of Justice, seeking its authorization to participate in the case filed on December 29, 2023 by South Africa against Israel.

“The Government of Reconciliation and National Unity informs the people of Nicaragua and the international community that today it has submitted a request to the International Court of Justice, seeking authorization to intervene in the case initiated on December 29, 2023, by South Africa against Israel”, said the statement.

“In this context, this case is directly related to the application of the ‘Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip”.

Through an official statement, Nicaragua alleges that, as a “State Party to the Convention against Genocide”, the Latin American nation is committed to the obligation of preventing genocide and collaborating with other contracting parties.

This commitment also encompasses the possibility of resorting to the competent bodies of the United Nations, with the International Court of Justice being the primary judicial body.

About Nicaragua’s request

The request, made under Article 62 of the Statute of the Court, implies that if authorized, Nicaragua would participate as a state party in the process, assuming all the legal implications that would derive from the Court’s ruling.

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Nicaragua argues that the acts carried out by Israel constitute clear violations of the Convention against Genocide. Furthermore, it emphasizes that the statements of senior Israeli officials clearly reveal genocidal intentions and the dehumanization suffered by the Palestinian people.

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The Nicaraguan government hopes that the International Court of Justice will consider its request to contribute to the search for a just and peaceful solution in the Middle East region.