International Criminal Court of Justice rejects a case of Qatar against the UAE

The International Criminal Court of Justice refused the case in which Qatar accused the UAE of discrimination during the Gulf conflict that has since been resolved.

Indeed, Qatar brought the case in 2018 and said that the UAE’s actions during the dispute violated the 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), which is a UN treaty.

It should indicated that the UAE with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, had stopped diplomatic, trade and transport relations with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism, which is an accusation rejected by Doha.

Whereas, the Gulf conflict has been resolved and limitations on Qatar were lifted at AlUla summit in January, and the UAE opened again its borders to Qatar days later.

The ICJ stated that it upholds the first preliminary objection raised by the UAE and finds it has no jurisdictions to entertain the application filed by Qatar.

In the Qatar’s application: The UAE had enacted and implemented a series of discriminatory measures directed at Qataris based expressly on their national origin, which led to claimed human rights violations.

Moreover, ICJ President Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf declared in The Hague that the UAE’s procedures are not capable of constituting racial discrimination within the meaning of the convention.

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