The Central American nation has called on Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, and Canada to stop sending arms to Israel
The Nicaraguan government has started legal proceedings to take Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, and Canada to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for complicity in the Israeli genocide of Palestinians in Gaza and other violations of international law.
In a statement, Managua said it has informed the governments of “the [UK], Germany, the Netherlands, and Canada of its decision to hold them responsible under international law for gross and systematic violations to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, international humanitarian law and customary law, including the law of occupation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, in particular the Gaza Strip.”
The statement also states that Nicaragua called on the nations above to “immediately halt” the supply of weapons, ammunition, technology, and other components to Israel as it suspects these items may have been used to “facilitate or commit violations of the Genocide Convention including [...] acts of genocide, attempted genocide, complicity in genocide and conspiracy to commit genocide.”
Managua has also warned that the suspension of funds for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) by the four governments shows their disregard for their obligations and continues to facilitate violations of international law by Israel.
“Nicaragua has underscored that this act contributes to the collective punishment of the Palestinians and to the apparent objective of forcing the Palestinian population to leave the Occupied Palestinian Territories, particularly Gaza, and preventing the exercise of their right to self-determination,” the statement reads.
Nicaragua shares the stage alongside Turkey, Jordan, Venezuela, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Maldives, and Namibia in its support of South Africa’s genocide case against Israel.
On 26 January, the ICJ ruled on provisional measures in South Africa's case against Israel, which ordered the latter to stop attacks on Palestinians in Gaza, stop incitement against Palestinians as a group, provide humanitarian aid to Gaza, and a report in one month detailing measures being taken to ensure that these orders, alongside others, are met.
However, the ICJ failed to demand an end to Israel’s ethnic cleansing campaign in Gaza or call for a ceasefire.
This article was produced by The Cradle.