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Nicaragua challenges German arms sale to Israel at UN Court

12:52 AM Apr 10, 2024 IST | GK NEWS SERVICE
nicaragua challenges german arms sale to israel at un court
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New Delhi, Apr 9:  Nicaragua has brought a case before the UN’s highest court, urging for the cessation of German arms sales to Israel, citing breaches of the UN genocide convention.

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Germany denies these allegations, emphasising its commitment to Israel’s security and its efforts in adhering to international humanitarian law.

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The dispute unfolded at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, with Nicaragua accusing Germany of violating the genocide convention by supplying military equipment to Israel and withholding support from the UN’s aid agency. Germany, however, refuted these claims, defending its actions as consistent with its foreign policy priorities.

In 2023, Germany accounted for 30% of Israel’s military equipment purchases, totalling $326 million. Nicaragua argues that these arms sales make Germany complicit in Israel’s alleged war crimes, particularly concerning the situation in Gaza, where thousands of civilians have been killed.

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Germany’s representatives at the ICJ emphasised their country’s historical responsibility to support Israel’s security. They rebuffed Nicaragua’s allegations as one-sided and lacking substantial evidence, asserting that Germany’s assistance to Israel is within the bounds of international law.

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Regarding the suspension of funding for the UN’s aid agency, Germany clarified that it remains one of the largest donors to Gaza in 2024 and has resumed funding for the UNRWA. Nicaragua’s insistence on portraying Germany’s actions as contradictory ignores these facts, according to German lawyers.

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Nicaragua’s case highlights broader questions about the accountability of countries supplying weapons to Israel amid ongoing conflicts. Legal experts suggest that this case could provide clarity on states’ obligations to prevent genocide and uphold humanitarian law.

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Critics of Nicaragua’s stance point out the country’s own human rights record, including government crackdowns on dissent and protests. Despite this, the case brings attention to the complexities of international law and the responsibilities of states in conflict situations.

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