Latest Development - Order by ICJ on Genocide in Gaza

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By Afshain Afzal

On 30 April 2024, the International Court of Justice issued an order in the Case Nicaragua versus Germany where it rejected Germany’s request to remove the case from the Court’s docket it also did not exercise its power under Article 41 of the Statute to indicate new provisional measures for the “Alleged Breaches of Certain International Obligations in respect of genocide and serious breaches of international humanitarian law and other peremptory norms of general international law occurring in the Gaza Strip”, however, important order has been announced in favour of Palestinians. The International Court of Justice by fifteen votes to one, reminded all States including Germany as a State party to the said Conventions in its supply of arms to Israel, of their international obligations relating to the transfer of arms to parties to an armed conflict, in order to avoid the risk that such arms might be used to violate the Genocide Convention and the 1949 Geneva Conventions.

The genocide of orthodox Muslim Palestinians in Gaza and elsewhere at the hands of Israeli Defence Forces and foreign elements is continuing which must stop at once and talks of peace initiative issued by Hamas on 19 April 2024, must be discussed to resolve the conflict once for all. The world has witnessed a positive change in the attitudes in Israeli authorities as well as the members of the international community to find long lasting solution of Israeli – Palestinians issue as early as possible. There are high hope that by July this year peace in the Middle East will be restored to allow Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and harmony.

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