THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE OBLIGES THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION TO COMPLY WITH ITS INTERNATIONAL LEGAL UNDERTAKINGS 19.04.2017

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On 19 April 2017, the UN International Court of Justice ruled on the request for the indication of provisional measures in case Ukraine v. Russia.

According to the Order of the Court, the Russian Federation in the occupied Crimea has to:

  • cease and desist from acts of political and cultural suppression against the Crimean Tatar people, including suspending the decree banning the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People and refraining from enforcement of this decree and any similar measures;
  • cease and desist from acts of political and cultural suppression against the ethnic Ukrainian people, including suspending restrictions on Ukrainian language education and respecting ethnic Ukrainian language and educational rights.

With regard to the application of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, the Order contains the following important elements:

  • The Court confirmed the dispute between Ukraine and the Russian Federation regarding application of the Convention;
  • The Court found that Ukraine complied with the required pre-trial procedure;
  • The Court acknowledged the existence of its prima facie jurisdiction over the dispute.

It is also important that the Court expects the Russian Federation and Ukraine, as parties to the Minsk process, through individual and joint efforts, to work for the full implementation of the "Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements".

The court also ordered both parties to refrain from any action which might aggravate or extend the dispute or make this dispute more difficult to resolve.

We expect that the Russian Federation will promptly and fully comply with the Court Order and end the violation of international law in relation to Ukraine.

The next stage is consideration of the case on the merits, where Ukraine will introduce all the necessary evidence to bring Russia to justice for violation its international legal obligations.