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ICJ To Hear Oral Arguments on Dispute Between Mexico and Ecuador

Former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas who was removed from the Mexican Embassy by force.Credit: CC/freddy Eduardo

April 29, 2024 (EIRNS)—On April 30 and May 1, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague will hold public hearings to hear oral arguments from the government of Mexico (April 30) and the government of Ecuador (May 1), regarding the applications filed by each requesting ICJ provisional measures against the other in the dispute regarding the violent April 5 raid by Ecuadorian security forces on the Mexican embassy in the capital of Quito to forcibly remove former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas, whom Mexican had granted asylum.

On April 11, Mexico filed an Application at the ICJ instituting proceedings against Ecuador, described in an April 18 press release with regard to a dispute relating to “legal questions regarding the settlement of international disputes by peaceful means and diplomatic relations and the inviolability of a diplomatic mission.” Mexico has requested four provisional measures, the first of which asks that the government of Ecuador “takes appropriate and immediate steps to provide full protection and security of diplomatic premises, their property and archives, preventing any form of intrusion against them.” It also asks that the Ecuadorian government “refrains from any act or conduct likely to aggravate or widen the dispute.…”

On April 29, Ecuador filed an application at the ICJ instituting proceedings against Mexico with regard to a dispute “relating to the alleged violation by Mexico of a series of obligations owed to Ecuador under international law, arising from Mexico’s conduct relative to Mr Jorge David Glas E,” an ICJ press release explained today.

Ecuador alleges that Mexico used its diplomatic premises “to shield Mr. Glas from enforcement by Ecuador of its criminal law” pointing to “several criminal proceedings and investigations” carried out by Ecuador against Glas, and that Mexico’s actions “constituted, among other things, a blatant misuse of the premises of a diplomatic mission.” Ecuador charges Mexico with unlawfully granting Glas political asylum and interfering in Ecuador’s “internal affairs.”