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    UN top court dismisses Qatar discrimination case against UAE

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    The ICJ rejected objections raised by the UAE that the 2017 blockade measures were not racially motivated.

    The top court of the United Nations has dismissed a case brought by Qatar against the United Arab Emirates alleging that it took blockade measures that have since been lifted, which are due to racial discrimination.

    The Court, formally known as the International Court of Justice, upheld objections raised by the United Arab Emirates that the measures imposed by Qatar and other Gulf states during the 2017 dispute were based on nationality and not racial form Inspired by.

    Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt filed cases in 2018, a year after Qatar, Iran, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt were cut based on claims supporting the gas-rich nation “extremism”.

    Qatar’s rivals agreed to lift sanctions at a summit in January and the UAE reopened its borders to Qatar for the day, while it would take longer to completely rebuild trust.

    ‘No jurisdiction’

    Doha had said that the actions of the United Arab Emirates during the three-year blockade discriminated the 1965 International Convention on the Abolition of All Forms of the United Nations Treaty.

    But the ICJ said it stated “the first preliminary objection raised by the UAE” that racial discrimination did not include nationality under the terms of the Convention.

    “The court finds that it has no jurisdiction to entertain an application filed by the State of Qatar,” said The Hague.

    He Said that the UAE measures “are not capable of perpetrating racial discrimination within the meaning of the Convention”.

    The quartet agreed to lift the ban following a raid of diplomatic activity by the administration of then-United States President Donald Trump at a summit in the Saudi desert on 5 January.

    The UAE, Qatar’s staunch critic and its leadership during the crisis, was criticized as a party reluctant to align.

    But it became the first day for Qatar to reopen its borders, followed by Saudi Arabia and Egypt days later.

    Bitter discussion

    Qatar and the UAE traded bitter accusations during the case at the ICJ, which was established after World War II to govern in disputes between member states.

    The UAE accused Qatar of supporting “terrorism and extremism”. Doha then alleged that its rival “is suffering more and more on the Qatari people”.

    The case first went on the way to Qatar, in 2018 the ICJ ordered the UAE to take emergency measures to protect the rights of Qatari citizens, while it was a widespread lawsuit.

    The court also rejected a bid by the United Arab Emirates to seek its emergency measures to stop the Qatar “furious” case.

    Doha prevailed in the ICJ in July in a separate but related case specifically regarding the air blockade based on international air travel rules.

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