The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Sept. 8 kicked off three days of urgent proceedings regarding Georgia’s recent case against Russia. Last month, Georgia submitted a request that the court impose provisional measures to preserve its “rights… under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) to protect its citizens against violent discriminatory acts by Russian armed forces, acting in concert with separatist militia and foreign mercenaries” on and around its territory. Georgia said Russia has “engaged in a systematic policy of ethnic discrimination directed against the ethnic Georgian population and other groups in those regions.” (UN News Service)

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