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      INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE
      Peace Palace, Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ The Hague, Netherlands
      Tel.: +31 (0)70 302 2323 Fax: +31 (0)70 364 9928

      Press Release
      Unofficial
      No. 2022/48

      7 October 2022

      Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment
      of the Crime of Genocide (Ukraine v. Russian Federation) The Portuguese Republic files a declaration of intervention in the proceedings under Article 63 of the Statute

      THE HAGUE, 7 October 2022. Today, the Portuguese Republic, invoking Article 63 of the
      Statute of the Court, filed in the Registry of the Court a declaration of intervention in the case
      concerning Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the
      Crime of Genocide (Ukraine v. Russian Federation).

      Pursuant to Article 63 of the Statute, whenever the construction of a convention to which
      States other than those concerned in the case are parties is in question, each of these States has the
      right to intervene in the proceedings. In this case, the construction given by the judgment of the Court will be equally binding upon them.

      To avail itself of the right of intervention conferred by Article 63 of the Statute, Portugal relies
      on its status as a party to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
      In its declaration, Portugal states that it is its “firm conviction . . . that the Genocide
      Convention is an instrument of the utmost importance to prevent and punish genocide, one of the
      most serious acts against the very notion of human dignity”, adding that “[t]he interpretation,
      application and fulfilment of the Convention and of its provisions is therefore of interest to all its
      parties” and that as a “Party to the Genocide Convention and in line with its active commitment to a
      rule-based international order, the Portuguese Republic has thus a direct interest in its interpretation by the Court”.

      In accordance with Article 83 of the Rules of Court, Ukraine and the Russian Federation have
      been invited to furnish written observations on Portugal’s declaration of intervention.
      Portugal’s declaration of intervention will be available on the Court’s website shortly.

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