Qatar takes UAE to International Court of Justice

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SHAFAQNA – Middle East Monitor : Qatar has taken the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the UN International Court of Justice over human rights violations off the back of the Gulf Crisis, Al Jazeera reported today.

Just over a year after the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt levied an air, land and sea blockade against Qatar for its alleged support of terrorist groups, Doha has filed a motion against the Emirates for triggering a series of measures that discriminate against Qataris and the country’s residents.

The measures include expelling Qataris from the UAE, prohibiting them from entering or passing through the Emirates, and closing UAE airspace and ports to Qatar.

“As set forth in detail in Qatar’s application to the International Court, the UAE led these actions, which have had a devastating effect on the human rights of Qataris and residents of Qatar,” the government in Doha said today.

According to Al Jazeera, Qatar believes that that the UAE’s measures violate the International Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Dissemination (CERD).

In December last year, the National Human Rights Committee based in Qatar published a report detailing the restriction on the freedom of movement, expression and the forceful separation of families as a result of the siege.

Qatar is seeking compensation for those impacted, although no information has been provided as to the value.

             

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