UCF Global Perspectives


ICJ Rejects Some Ukrainian Accusations against Russia

Lauren Gandy, Sibille H. Pritchard Global Peace Fellow

April 21, 2017

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejected a Ukrainian request to block Russian support for the rebels in eastern Ukraine on April 19 (AP; Reuters). The case brought forward in March accused the Russian government of breaching the Terrorist Financing Treaty by supporting armed groups in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (BBC). The ICJ declared the Ukrainian UN representative did not provide enough evidence to support these claims (AP).

However, the ICJ did warn the Russian UN representative to cease discrimination against ethnic Tatars and other minorities in Crimea (AP; Reuters). In a 13-3 decision by judges, the court declared Russia “must refrain from maintaining or imposing limitations on the ability of the Crimean Tatar community to conserve its representative institutions” (AP). The Russian government banned the Crimean Tatar legislative institution, which Ukraine’s UN representative claimed is a breach of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (AP; BBC). Wednesday’s verdict also includes an order to “ensure the availability of education in the Ukrainian language” in the Black Sea peninsula (AP).






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