Fiji Sun

Qatar takes UAE to UN’s highest court over blockade

Move comes a year after the UAE, along with Bahrain, Egypt and Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic and trade ties with Doha.

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Doha: The government of Qatar is taking the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the UN Internatio­nal Court of Justice (ICJ) over what it described as human rights violations, according to the official Qatar News Agency (QNA). The move on Monday comes a year after the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting “terrorism”.

Doha has repeatedly rejected the allegation­s as “baseless”.

“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 said in a statement on Monday.

The ICJ is the UN’s highest judicial organ. UAE officials also participat­ed in a full-scale online media campaign against Qatar and Qataris, directly inciting hatred against the Gulf nation, QNA said.

“The unlawful measures imposed by UAE have torn apart families, with parents being separated from children and husbands from wives. The families deserve to be reunited,” Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahma­n Al Thani said.

Abu Dhabi’s attacks on fundamenta­l freedoms were described in a December 2017 report by the Office of the United Nations High Commission­er for Human Rights (OHCHR) as part of a “widespread defamation and hatred campaign against Qatar”.

The Qatari government said the UAE had enacted a series of measures that discrimina­te against Qataris, including expelling them from the UAE, prohibitin­g them from entering or passing through the UAE, ordering UAE nationals to leave Qatar, and closing UAE airspace and seaports to Qatar.

Qatar said it believed the actions were in violation of the Internatio­nal Convention on the Eliminatio­n of All Forms of Racial Discrimina­tion (CERD) - including discrimina­tion on the basis of nationalit­y - of which the UAE and Qatar are both signatorie­s.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt are not signatorie­s of the CERD.

Qatar requested that the court order the UAE to take steps to comply with its obligation­s under the CERD, ceasing and revoking the measures currently applied and restoring the rights of Qataris.

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