UN’s top court accepts Dutch intervention in genocide case

Photo: International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice announced on Friday that it has accepted interventions from 32 countries, including the Netherlands, to support Ukraine in proceedings against Russia.

Kyiv filed a complaint with The Hague-based court just days after Russia launched its full-scale invasion in 2022. A few months later, Latvia became the first country to formally back Ukraine in the proceedings, followed by 32 other countries including the Netherlands, the United States, France and Germany.

“The declarations of intervention … are admissible,” the judges said in their fuling.

Ukraine is arguing that Russia violated the 1948 Genocide Convention by falsely accusing Kyiv of committing genocide against Russian-speaking people in eastern Ukraine and using that as the pretext for the invasion.

“Russia is now engaged in a military invasion of Ukraine involving grave and
widespread violations of the human rights of the Ukrainian people,” the Dutch wrote in their filing, which was made together with Canada.

The court accepted 32 of the 33 interventions, rejecting the United States as Washington didn’t agree to a portion of the treaty.

The Netherlands and Canada have intervened together in another genocide proceeding at the court. In that case, The Gambia is accusing Myanmar of committing genocide against the Rohingya peoples.

Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl.

We could not provide the Dutch News service, and keep it free of charge, without the generous support of our readers. Your donations allow us to report on issues you tell us matter, and provide you with a summary of the most important Dutch news each day.

Make a donation