Top UN court will consider Ukraine allegations against Russia of treaty violations
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivers its judgment on the preliminary objections raised by the Russian
Federation in the case concerning two international treaties on terrorism financing and racial discrimination (Ukraine
v. Russian Federation).
8 November 2019
The International Court of Justice (ICJ
) has agreed to hear claims by Ukraine related to the conflict in the east of the country, where Government forces have
been fighting mostly pro-Russian separatists, for more than five years.
In an application to the Court filed in January, Ukraine alleged that Russia had violated its obligations under two
international treaties on terrorism financing and racial discrimination.
Russia responded in September by raising five preliminary objections concerning the Court’s jurisdiction and the
admissibility of the application. The ICJ
judges on Friday found
the Court can entertain Ukraine’s claims under the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of
Ukraine had alleged that Russia supplied funds, weapons and training to illegal armed groups that engage in acts of
terrorism in its territory. Relatedly, that Russia also allegedly caused or supported the July 2014 downing of Malaysia
Airlines Flight MH17, among other violent acts.
ICJ judges also decided the court could move ahead on Ukraine’s claims concerning violation of the International
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
Ukraine has accused Russia of discrimination and mistreatment of Crimean Tartar and ethnic Ukrainian communities in
Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014.
ICJ: Key facts
The ICJ is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.
It settles legal disputes submitted by States, and also gives advisory opinions on legal questions referred by UN organs
The Court is composed of 15 judges and is based in The Hague, in the Netherlands.