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Nicaragua seeks to join South Africa in World Court genocide case against Israel

Nicaragua seeks to join South Africa in World Court genocide case against Israel
Gilad Noam, Deputy Attorney-General for International Affairs, and lawyer Malcolm Shaw during a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, The Netherlands, on a request by South Africa for emergency measures for Gaza, 26 January 2024. The UN court is to deliver an interim ruling in South Africa's genocide case against Israel and decide whether to issue emergency measures ordering Israel to halt its operations in Gaza. EPA-EFE/Remko de Waal

AMSTERDAM, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Nicaragua has filed an application with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to join South Africa in its genocide case against Israel, the ICJ, also known as the World Court, said on Thursday.

The court said in a statement that Nicaragua considers that the conduct of Israel is in “violation of its obligations under the Genocide Convention”.

South Africa and Israel have been invited to furnish written observations on Nicaragua’s application for permission to intervene as a party.

Historically, the kind of intervention Nicaragua is requesting, has rarely been granted by the ICJ.

Several other states have signalled they might want to intervene in the Gaza genocide case but none have formally done so before Nicaragua.

South Africa in December 2023 filed a genocide case against Israel declaring that it was in breach of its obligations under the 1948 Genocide Convention in its war against the Palestinian group Hamas in Gaza.

Last month the World Court ordered Israel to prevent acts of genocide against Palestinians and do more to help civilians, although it stopped short of ordering a ceasefire as requested by South Africa.

(Reporting by Stephanie van den Berg, Charlotte Van Campenhout, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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  • Harold Neugarten says:

    Nicaragua is so filled with corruption and crime, not unlike S. Africa. No right to voice an opinion on the world stage. Just as corrupt as S. Africa

  • Wayne Holt says:

    I’m sure the ANC is directly behind this so that they can shore up support for local elections. By fooling the masses they are hoping that voters will flock in their direction by showing them how many countries support their case. There will be many more. Suddenly the ANC coffers are full and they have the resources to buy international support. What a bunch of criminals.

  • Rod H MacLeod says:

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Nicaragua has recently been added to the world list of TOP DRUG TRAFFICKING countries in the world. These, folk, are SA’s new bedfellows in the anti-semitic JCI application.

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