Aerial Herbicide Spraying (Ecuador v. Colombia)

On 31 March 2008, Ecuador seized the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of a dispute between itself and Colombia concerning the alleged aerial spraying by Colombia of toxic herbicides at locations near, at and across its border with Ecuador.

Ecuador claims that toxic herbicides have caused damages to human health, property and environment. Ecuador thus requests the Court to adjudge and declare that Colombia violated its obligations under international law and additionally asks to be indemnified by Colombia.

Aerial spraying by Colombia is parts of a plan with the aim to eradicate coca trafficking in the area, which constitute the principal source of revenues for the FARC guerillas in Colombia.

The Court fixed 29 April 2009 as the time-limit for the filing of a Memorial by Ecuador and 29 March 2010 as the time-limit for the filing of a Counter-Memorial by Colombia. The proceeding is still pending before the Court.

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