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Pandor Heads South African Delegation for ICJ Ruling on Genocide Case Against Israel

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South Africa Awaits Historic ICJ Judgment on Gaza Genocide Case Against Israel

The Hague, Netherlands – Dr. Naledi Pandor, Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), will lead the South African delegation at The Hague on Friday to attend a significant ruling at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding accusations of genocide in the Gaza Strip.

Following an application submitted to the ICJ in December 2023, the world’s highest legal body is poised to announce whether it will invoke provisional measures aimed at halting hostilities in the Gaza Strip. South Africa, a signatory of the Genocide Convention, has urged the court to address the dire situation, claiming that Israel’s alleged military operations within the region amount to acts of genocide against the Palestinian population.

The ICJ confirmed in a statement: “On Friday, 26 January 2024, the International Court of Justice will deliver its order on the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by South Africa concerning alleged violations of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip.”

South Africa’s application to the ICJ has stirred international attention, particularly for its request that the court impose immediate provisional measures. These would not only require Israel to put an end to military activities but also take proactive steps to prevent further potential acts of genocide against Palestinians. South Africa stresses the urgency of facilitating the return of displaced individuals and providing them with humanitarian aid, including necessities such as food, water, and medical supplies.

In early January, the ICJ conducted public hearings to scrutinize South Africa’s plea. DIRCO’s statement elaborated on the country’s demands from the court, which include halting Israel’s military operations and ensuring the prevention and punishment of acts that could be classified as genocide.

Furthermore, South Africa calls on the ICJ to establish mechanisms that would hold individuals accountable for their actions and secure evidence of the alleged genocide, signifying a potential turning point in international justice and the application of the Genocide Convention.

The legal arguments were beamed around the world The legal arguments were beamed around the world © Remko de Waal / ANP/AFP

The legal arguments were beamed around the world
The legal arguments were beamed around the world © Remko de Waal / ANP/AFP

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