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UN court rejects Nicaragua’s claims against Germany

UN court rejects Nicaragua’s claims against Germany

The Gaza war is also being fought in the courts. Germany is accused by Nicaragua of aiding and abetting genocide because of arms deliveries to Israel. The highest UN court sees it differently.

Germany can continue to supply weapons to Israel in accordance with international justice: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague on Tuesday rejected emergency measures in the proceedings on Nicaragua’s accusation against Germany of abetting “genocide” in the Gaza Strip. “The court finds that the circumstances are not such as to require the exercise of its power to order interim measures,” announced presiding judge Nawaf Salam in The Hague.

Nicaragua had requested that the ICJ implement five emergency measures before the end of the proceedings, which could last several years, including the cessation of German arms deliveries to Israel. In the trial, Nicaragua accuses the Federal Republic of “aiding and abetting the genocide” of the Palestinians by, among other things, supplying arms to Israel.

Germany rejects Nicaragua’s allegations

The Foreign Office in Berlin welcomed the court’s decision. “Germany is not a party to the conflict in the Middle East – on the contrary: we are committed day and night to a two-state solution,” the ministry explained on the online service the aid reaches the population in the Gaza Strip.

“But we also see that the terror of October 7th only triggered this new spiral of suffering against which Israel must defend itself,” the Foreign Office continued, pointing to the hostages still in the Gaza Strip who had been kidnapped from Israel.

Following the emergency measures requested by Nicaragua, Berlin should also resume its support for the UN Palestinian Relief Agency (UNRWA). Germany suspended its payments in January because UNRWA employees were accused of being involved in the radical Islamic Hamas attack on Israel on October 7th. However, after the publication of an investigation report on the UN aid agency, the federal government announced last week that payments would be resumed.

Germany rejects Nicaragua’s allegations. The Federal Republic delivers weapons “only on the basis of a careful examination that goes far beyond the requirements of international law,” the head of the legal department and international law advisor at the Foreign Office, Tania von Uslar-Gleichen, told the ICJ at the beginning of April. Because of Germany’s history, Israel’s security is “at the center of German foreign policy.”

Nicaragua is an ally of Israel’s arch-enemy Iran

Nicaragua is considered an ally of Iran, which faces Israel as its arch-enemy in the region. Israel’s closest ally is actually the USA – but Nicaragua has appealed to the ICJ against Germany because the USA does not recognize the Hague court, the Central American country’s lawyers had explained.

The ICJ was established to decide on interstate disputes. His decisions are legally binding, but he has little opportunity to enforce them.

Note: This article has been updated to include additional information.

Source: Stern

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