There are certain positive signals in the most recent decision of the UN International Court in the litigation between Ukraine and Russia. Natalya Sevostyanova, the Deputy Minister of Justice, commented and shared her view on this decision in the studio of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
‘The package of evidence that we sent recently to the European Court of Human Rights is perhaps the best one ever. Over the last three years (since April 2014, when Ukraine-Russia conflict began, - 112 International), we collected data from all law enforcement agencies, hundreds of gigabytes of video footage, and a lot of witnesses who either filmed these videos or were filmed and thus can confirm the authenticity of these materials. That’s crucial for the court. Such reports presented to the courts of international level are extremely important,’ she said.
‘It’s essential to understand that we’ve got the first positive signals from the UN International Court. Even I didn’t expect that, as an international law scholar; the thing is, the international law is very careful about making decision in new areas or creating legal precedents. The court’s order contained preliminary jurisdiction concerning two UN conventions, and that’s perhaps was the most essential. Actually, the UN Convention for the Suppression on Financing Terrorism was never considered and referred to in the cases like ours. So, we weren’t sure the court would consider this part of our lawsuit at all. But, that’s maximum we could have obtained at this stage in such complicated case. So the decision is quite an important one, a historical one,’ the Deputy Minister of Justice concluded.
As 112 International reported, the decision of the UN International Court was made public on April 19.
The document was uploaded on the official website.
In particular, the court denied temporary measures against Russia under the Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism. ICJ decided that the conditions necessary to determine additional measures concerning rights violated in Ukraine on the basis of the Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism do not meet the requirements.
At the same time, International Court granted Ukraine’s request on temporary measures in terms of the application against Russian Federation within International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
Court opted to maintain Crimean Tatars’ right to create its own institutions and demanded Russia to rehabilitate Mejlis activity. Russia also has to provide possibility to use Ukrainian language in the educational system of Crimea.