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ICJ rejects Nicaragua’s emergency measures request against Germany


The Hague, 1 May 2024 (TDI): The World Court (ICJ) has ruled against Nicaragua’s request of issuing emergency measures against Germany over arms supply to Israel.

Nicaragua has previously submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) or World Court that there was a serious risk of genocide in Gaza.

It has accused Germany for arms sales to Israel amid Israel’s assault on the Palestinian territory.

The ICJ ruling remains 15-1 votes against Nicaragua’s request.

Despite, ruling against the request currently, ICJ judges have not entirely discarded the case as suggested by Germany.

Also Read: Nicaragua-Germany Case over Gaza in ICJ next month

Concerns over Gaza and international obligations

The Presiding Judge Nawaf Salam mentioned that the Court first needs to “ascertain the circumstances presented by Nicaragua to the Court are such to exercise its power to indicate provisional measure.”

He then narrated the accusations mentioning the Nicaragua’s claim that Israel has increased the arms supply nearly ten times more since the initiation of its military offensive in Gaza last year.

Also, he further read the defence provided by Germany which mentions that Germany’s position is within the allowed international and legal treaties frameworks.

“The Court concludes that at present the circumstances are not such as to require the exercise of its powers under Article 41 of its statute to indicate provisional measures,” Presiding Judge Nawaf Salam concluded.

He has resonated concerns over situation in Gaza while reading the text of the verdict.

“The court remains deeply concerned about the catastrophic living conditions of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. In particular, in view of the prolonged and widespread deprivation of food and other basic necessities to which they have been subjected,” he has highlighted.

Lastly, he added that the court “considers it particularly important to remind all states of their international obligations relating to the transfer of arms to parties to an armed conflict, in order to avoid the risk that such arms might be used” to violate international law.

“All these obligations are incumbent upon Germany as a state party to the set conventions in its supply of arms to Israel,” the Judge reminded Germany.

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