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Summary Paper – Webinar l Sri Lankan perspectives & responses: South Africa accuses Israel of genocide in Palestine at ICJ

Muragala | Centre for Progressive Politics & Policy’s (CPPP) inaugural webinar, on Sri Lanka’s perspectives on South Africa’s case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in December 2023, was held on 31 January 2024. This development marks a significant development in international legal action over Israel’s military intervention in the Gaza Strip, with South Africa seeking judicial intervention to address Israel’s alleged violations of humanitarian law and of committing genocide against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The lawsuit is grounded in the 1948 Genocide Convention, notably its ninth sentence, which empowers the ICJ to arbitrate disputes among parties.

Moderated by senior journalist Saroj Pathirana, the webinar panel comprised academics, activists and members of the civil society, namely, Dr Kalana Senaratne, Mr Hejaaz Hizbullah, Ms Shreen Saroor, Ms Piyumi Wattuhewa, and Dr Dayan Jayatilleka. The discussion explored the background of the case and assessed potential future ramifications. The panellists’ diverse expertise offered valuable insights into different facets of the case, emphasising its implications and potential consequences. This summary paper highlights the main insights shared by the speakers during the discussion.

The summary paper can be downloaded at the following link:

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