Certain questions concerning diplomatic relations (Honduras v. Brazil)

On 28 October 2009 the Republic of Honduras brought a case against the Federative Republic of Brazil before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Honduras claimed that Brazil was granting refuge in the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa to the former President of Honduras, Mr. José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, and allowing Mr. Zelaya and his group to use the facilities, services, infrastructure and other resources in order to evade justice in Honduras. The Republic of Honduras filed its application claiming that Brazil violated 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 Article 2(7).

The events that led the Republic of Honduras to file its application against Brazil began on 28 June 2009, when the Supreme Court of Honduras issued an order to detain President Zelaya. The order was issued because he had allegedly proposed a consultative poll to allow him to modify the Honduran Constitution in order to extent the time limit of his rule. President Zelaya was arrested and taken into exile.

On 19 May 2010 the case was removed from the Court’s list by request of the Republic of Honduras, following a letter of 30 April 2010, received in the Registry on 3 May 2010, informing the Court that the Honduran Government was withdrawing its Application from the Registry.

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Honduras v. Brazil Application instituting proceedings by the Republic of Honduras against the Federative Republic of Brazil 28/09/09Honduras v. Brazil Press release Certain questions concerning diplomatic relations Case removed from the Court list 19/05/2010Honduras v. Brazil Press release Filing in the Registry an application instituting proceedings by Honduras against Brazil 29/09/2009Honduras vs. Brazil Order Certain question concerning diplomatic relations 12/05/2010