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Nicaragua v The USA

Geographic relevance: International
United States

Language: English

Data type: Legal citations

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Nicaragua brought a case before the International Court of Justice complaining of US involvement during its civil war. It argued that the US was responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by a paramilitary group called the “Contras” because of the level of control it had over the group.

Although the ICJ found that USA did not have effective control over the Contras (and could not be directly responsible for their actions), the Court found that the US was liable for giving military, logistical and financial support to paramilitary groups in Nicaragua. The US were then ordered to pay compensation.

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