March 6, 2022
by Stephanie van den Berg
THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Ukraine will ask the UN Supreme Court on Monday to issue an emergency ruling demanding that Russia stop its invasion, arguing that Moscow’s justification for the attack is based on a misinterpretation of genocide laws.
Although the Court’s rulings are binding and are generally followed by countries, it has no direct means of enforcing them.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia’s “special military action” is needed “to protect people who have been bullied and genocided” – meaning those who speak Russian or their first language – in eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine’s claim that the genocide allegation is untrue and in any case does not provide a legal justification for the invasion.
The case it has filed before the World Court, officially known as the International Court of Justice (ICJ), concerns the interpretation of the 1948 Convention against Genocide, signed by both countries. The Charter mentions the ICJ as a forum for resolving disputes between the signatories.
Last week, the commission of the International Association of Genocide Experts issued a statement saying Putin was “mistaking and abusing the term ‘genocide’.
“There is absolutely no evidence of genocide in Ukraine,” the group’s president, Melanie O’Brien, told Reuters.
The Russian embassy in The Hague did not immediately respond to Reuters questions.
The ICJ may order swift “interim measures” within a few days or weeks to prevent the situation from deteriorating before examining the substance of the case or whether it has jurisdiction.
Ukraine requested interim measures from the court in 2014 following Russia’s accession to the Crimea, and the ICJ ordered both sides not to escalate the dispute.
Hearings begin at 10:00 (0900 GMT) where Ukraine will present its case. Russia is due to respond on Tuesday.
(Reports by Stephanie van den Berg; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
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