UAE calls for a ter­ror bill re­view

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The UAE has urged the US Congress to re­view the con­tro­ver­sial Jus­tice Against Spon­sors of Ter­ror­ism Act ( JASTA). “The law un­der­mines the foun­da­tions of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions,” said Dr Amal Ab­dul­lah Al Qubaisi, speaker of the UAE’s Fed­eral Na­tional Coun­cil at the 35th ses­sion of the In­terPar­lia­men­tary Union (IPU) in Geneva, Switzer­land. She said that JASTA ig­nores the prin­ci­ples of in­ter­na­tional law re­gard­ing the le­gal doc­trine of for­eign sov­er­eign im­mu­nity. Over the five days of the IPU event, par­tic­i­pants will be re­view­ing a num­ber of is­sues. These in­clude the re­sponse of par­lia­ments across the world to hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions and the free­dom of women. She called for strength­en­ing the role of par­lia­ments in the trial of war crim­i­nals be­fore the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court.

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