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UN court: UAE has violated Qatar nationals' basic rights

People hold placards during a protest against the Saudi-UAE led aggression on Qatar in an emergency protest called by the international campaign for Justice & Peace outside the United Arab Emirates Embassy in London, United Kingdom on 17 June, 2017 [Isabel Infantes/Anadolu Agency]
People hold placards during a protest against the Saudi-UAE led aggression on Qatar [Isabel Infantes/Anadolu Agency]

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today issued a provisional ruling for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to immediately reunite Qatari families and end its racial discrimination against them.

The UAE, joined Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt in levying an air, land and sea blockade against Qatar over terrorism and extremism allegations in June last year. A list of 13 demands was made in order for the siege to be lifted, including the closure of international news broadcaster Al Jazeera. Qatar, however categorically denies the allegations as baseless saying the states are trying to force regime change in the small Gulf country.

A year after the blockade was announced, Qatar filed a law suit at the International Court of Justice alleging that the UAE is violating the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) against its nationals. The international treaty is signed by both the UAE and Qatar, however Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt are not signatory to it.

The ICJ held today that Qatari families impacted by the blockade should be given the freedom to complete their education in the UAE or to receive their student files to permit study elsewhere. Adding to this, the ICJ demanded that Qatari nationals should be given access to judicial services in the UAE.

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