Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Georgia v. Russian Federation): The Court to deliver its Judgment on the preliminary objections to jurisdiction raised by the Russian Federation on Friday 1 April 2011 at 10 a.m.

ICJ Media Advisory (Link to ICJ Press Release)

THE HAGUE, 15 March 2011.  On Friday 1 April 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, will deliver its Judgment in the case concerning Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Georgia v. Russian Federation).  A public sitting will take place at 10 a.m. at the Peace Palace in The Hague, during which the President of the Court, Judge Hisashi Owada, will read the Court’s Judgment.

History of the proceedings

On 12 August 2008, the Republic of Georgia instituted proceedings against the Russian Federation in respect to a dispute concerning “actions on and around the territory of Georgia” in breach of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (hereinafter “CERD”) of 21 December 1965.  In its Application, Georgia seeks to ensure that the individual rights under the Convention “of all persons on the territory of Georgia are fully respected and protected”.  Georgia claims that the Russian Federation,

“through its State organs, State agents, and other persons and entities exercising governmental authority, and through the South Ossetian and Abkhaz separatist forces and other agents acting on the instructions of, and under the direction and control of the Russian Federation, is responsible for serious violations of its fundamental obligations under CERD, including Articles 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6”.

According to Georgia, the Russian Federation “has violated its obligations under CERD during three distinct phases of its interventions in South Ossetia and Abkhazia”, in the period from 1990 to August 2008.

Georgia requests the Court to order “the Russian Federation to take all steps necessary to comply with its obligations under CERD”.

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