Hearings on Ukraine’s lawsuit against Russia on its responsibility for committing acts of terrorism and discrimination began on Monday, March 6th in the Hague (Netherlands).
The case is related to the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The Ukrainian side will be the first to speak.
The Ukrainian delegation is headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Elena Zerkal, the Russian delegation is headed by Roman Kolodkin, Director of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
“The Russian Federation violated international law and abused human rights by providing assistance to illegal armed formations on the territory of Ukraine and in the occupied Crimea. In the territory of the Crimea Russia is engaged in cultural leveling, does not respect human rights, and commits acts of racial discrimination, as well as intimidation, propaganda and cyberattacks. Ukraine has been facing such actions for 3 years. Earlier Russia rejected such actions, which caused the Ukrainian side to turn to the UN International Court of Justice,” Zerkal said.
Also, Ukraine’s representative reminded of the continuing repression of Crimean Tatars activists by the occupation authorities, the downed Malaysian Boeing over the Donbass in July 2014, the humanitarian situation in Avdiivka, and the restriction that observers of the OSCE special monitoring mission face in the Donbass.
The lawsuit was filed on January 16, 2017 in the International Court of Justice in order to bring the Russian Federation to justice for supporting terrorism in the east of Ukraine and discrimination against ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea.
The sessions on preventive measures will last 4 days: from March 6th to March 9th. On March 6th Ukraine will present its position, on March 7th Russia will speak, on March 8th and 9th Ukraine and Russia will submit comments on each other’s positions.