Friday, February 19, 2010
The International Court of Justice has directed the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of Serbia to prepare further written submissions in the case concerning the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Last month, Serbia filed a counter-claim alleging that Croatia violated the Genocide Convention (or at least conspired to do so) during and after Operation Storm in August 1995 by acting against the Serb national and ehnical group living in the Krajina Region (UN Protected Areas North and South) in Croatia.
Among the remedies sought in the counterclaim are that Croatia remove from its list of public holidays the celebrations on August 5 which mark the "Day of Victory and Homeland Gratitude" and the "Day of Croatian Defenders."
Under the ICJ order issued this week, Croatia must file a written pleading by December 20, 2011. Serbia must file its rejoinder by November 4, 2011.