Human Rights & Public Liberties

Human Rights & Public Liberties

Published on: 13 Jan, 2021

Kenya rejects World Court ruling on border dispute with Somalia

Published on: 13 October, 2021

On Tuesday the International Court of Justice (ICJ), or World Court,  ruled largely in favour of Somalia in its ongoing dispute with Kenya over their maritime border.

The case centres on a 38,000 sq mile (100,000 sq km) triangle in the Indian Ocean that is thought to be rich in oil and gas.

The ICJ ruled that there was ‘no agreed maritime boundary’ and drew a new border close to the one claimed by Somalia, although Kenya kept a part of the 100,000 square-kilometre (39,000-square-mile) area, chief judge Joan Donoghue said.

Kenya rejected the ruling ‘in totality’ and accused the court of bias.

In a statement following the judgment, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta said the ruling would ‘strain the relations between the two countries’.

Since the judgments of the ICJ cannot be enforced, it is unclear whether the judgement will have any effect.

Somalia’s Information Minister Osman Dubbe welcomed the ruling on twitter and congratulated Somalis on regaining their territory.