Qatar Accuses UAE of Racial Discrimination in UN’s Highest Court docket — International Points


Qatar filed a case with the International Court of Justice under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination against the United Arab Emirates. The hearings were held by video link. Courtesy: International Court of Justice
Qatar filed a case with the Worldwide Court docket of Justice beneath the Worldwide Conference on the Elimination of All Types of Racial Discrimination in opposition to the United Arab Emirates. The hearings have been held by video hyperlink. Courtesy: Worldwide Court docket of Justice
  • by Samira Sadeque (united nations)
  • Inter Press Service

The case, filed beneath the Worldwide Conference on the Elimination of All Types of Racial Discrimination (CERD), offers with, amongst different issues, the expulsion of Qatari residents from the UAE due to their nationality.

“In 2017, the UAE started ‘unprecedented discriminatory measures’ that concentrate on Qatar primarily based on their nationwide origin,” Mohammed Abdulaziz Al-Khulaifi, authorized advisor to Qatar’s Minister of Overseas Affairs and Dean of the Faculty of Regulation at Qatar College, stated on the listening to.

Qatarclaims the discrimination started following a 2017 boycott by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt. The nations had reportedly minimize diplomatic ties with Qatar  due to its alleged help of terrorist teams.

“The UAE has engaged within the violations of the human rights of Qatari folks,” Al-Khulaifi added later.

Michael Stephens, a scholar with the Overseas Coverage Analysis Institute (FPRI), informed IPS: “While it was comprehensible Qatar and the UAE had some very huge variations over regional politics, the best way during which this has been dealt with has been extremely damaging and has actually not produced any of the kind of outcomes that the UAE initially hoped for.”

He stated that the dispute could be posing a problem within the Persian Gulf area general.

“It is not good as a result of they’re taking part in out their rivalries in weaker nations, like Libya and Somalia, and polarising politics in these areas,” he stated. “I do not suppose that is good for the steadiness of the Gulf.”

He added that this may additional undermine the negotiations over the nuclear deal, and “has emboldened actors to play the Gulf states in opposition to each other, who’re sensible and “can take cash from each side”.

In 2015, Iran signed a nuclear take care of world powers to restrict operations on its nuclear trade, amongst different issues. It was reported that since January Iran has begun decreasing its commitments to the deal.

“On the whole, it has made the Gulf look divided and weak,” Stephens stated.

Lubna Qassim Mohammed Yousuf Bastaki, one of many audio system for the UAE, stated Qatar’s case, “masquerading” as  discrimination, “considerations UAE measures that have been addressed to Qatari nationals on the only real foundation of their nationality, as nationality was each the main target and the impact of the UAE measures”.

In the beginning of proceedings this week the UAE argued that the ICJ had no jurisdiction within the matter because the dispute was primarily based on nationality and never race and thereby didn’t relate to the CERD.

Bastaki argued that Qatar was invited “primarily based on our commonalities as one folks” to affix the brand new union of the Arab emirates. “The truth that we’ve a  frequent origin which traversed the brand new nationwide boundaries was understood,” she stated.

She additionally stated beneath the UAE regulation, Qataris are among the many few who’ve the power to turn out to be UAE nationals simply.

“This nicely illustrates the artificiality of the supposed racial distinctions which Qatar is now in search of to conjure up,” she stated. 

Bastaki just isn’t the one individual to specific her concern concerning the particular allegations of discrimination primarily based on nationality.

“The Qataris have a a lot stronger argument, I feel in that they sense that their nationals have been mistreated, however they’ve additionally made this barely odd declare that that is about racism, when they’re mainly from the identical background,” Stephens of FPRI informed IPS. “Definitely the ruling households come from the identical background.”

“So, claiming ‘racism’ is a troublesome one that might solely be doable in case you had a Qatari from an Iranian origin, or a distinct background,” he added.

Stephens stated that the UAE has actually at occasions acted discriminatingly in the direction of those that confirmed help for Qatar, citing thearrest of a British fan who was supporting Qatar throughout a soccer match. LastJanuary, Ali Issa Ahmad was held by UAE police for 2 weeks after he supported Qatar in a soccer match held within the UAE.

“However the Qatari soccer crew was allowed to play within the match and really gained,” Stephens stated. “So it is not a whole shutdown.”

Stephens stated he cannot gauge the end result of the rulings; he stated Qatar’s place seems to be “strengthening” with extra worldwide arbitrators getting concerned.

Stephens stated the UAE’s claims that they have been performing in opposition to individuals who supported terrorism, is a “very, very troublesome declare to make: how would they show that? How would they present only a regular Qatari strolling round in Dubai or Abu Dhabi was supporting terrorism, by advantage of the truth that they’re Qatari?”

The hearings will proceed until Friday.

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