Monday, November 2, 2009

A Free Honduras Fights Back In International Court

International Court of Justice Press Release Oct. 29th, 2009

THE HAGUE, 29 October 2009. The Ambassador of Honduras to the Netherlands yesterday filed at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) an "Application instituting proceedings by the Republic of Honduras against the Federative Republic of Brazil".

In this document, it is stated that the "dispute between the Republic of Honduras and the Federative Republic of Brazil relates to legal questions concerning diplomatic relations and associated with the principle of non-intervention in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any State, a principle incorporated in the Charter of the United Nations".

In particular, the document indicates that "[Mr. José Manuel Zelaya Rosales and] an indeterminate number of Honduran citizens", who have been taking refuge in the Brazilian Embassy in Honduras since 21 September 2009, "are using [its] premises . . . as a platform for political propaganda and thereby threatening the peace and internal public order of Honduras, at a time when the Honduran Government is making preparations for the presidential elections which are due to take place on 29 November 2009". It is stated that "[t]he Brazilian diplomatic staff stationed in Tegucigalpa are allowing Mr. Zelaya and his group to use the facilities, services, infrastructure and other resources in order to evade justice in Honduras".

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