(Text of the Statement)
The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar welcomes the decision of the International Court of Justice on 23 July 2018 on the indication of provisional measures in accordance with the case brought before the ICJ by the State of Qatar against the United Arab Emirates in accordance with article 22 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, in favor of the citizens and residents of the State of Qatar affected by the discriminatory decisions and actions taken by UAE authorities.
The court indicates that the UAE must respect its international obligations, stop violations immediately, give the opportunity to students affected by the measures adopted by the UAE to complete their education or obtain their educational records if they wish to complete their studies elsewhere, and allow the access of the Qataris affected by the said measures to tribunals and other judicial organs of the UAE.
The court considers as evidenced by the arguments advanced and the documents placed, in particular the report of the technical mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and reports of Amnesty International and the National Human Rights Committee in addition to the reported violations raised by The State of Qatar that the measures adopted by the UAE violate the International Convention against All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
The National Human Rights Committee considers this decision an important and decisive step towards the final decision of the International Court of Justice for the purpose of redressing and compensating the victims for the damages caused to them. The NHRC also considers the decision as a form of an international condemnation by the United Nations system of the gross violations committed by the United Arab Emirates. Accordingly, The NHRC calls on the authorities of the United Arab Emirates to expeditiously implement and comply with the provisions of the decision.
The National Human Rights Committee draws the attention of all affected Qatari citizens wishing to travel to the UAE to be reunited with their families, complete their education, obtain their educational records or access their properties or resort to the UAE courts, not to hesitate to contact the committee If they face any obstacles or difficulties imposed by the UAE authorities, on the following hotlines: +974 33297777 / +974 33296666.
The decision comes to invalidate the allegations of the UAE and the countries of the blockade, and proves unequivocally that the measures taken by these countries are forms of collective punishment and discriminatory sanctions against citizens and residents of the State of Qatar as a result of this unjust blockade.
The NHRC appreciates the move towards judicial settlement by the Qatari government before the International Court of Justice in order to redress the victims and restore their rights and calls for further judicial movements against all the countries of the blockade.
The National Human Rights Committee notes that it will spare no effort to hold the UAE authorities and the blockading countries accountable in all international forums and to determine their international and criminal responsibility.
The National Human Rights committee regards this decision as a victory of justice and international law and a key step in combating impunity and determining the international responsibility of the UAE for the grave violations imposed against the Qatari people.
Dhu’lqa’dah 10, 1439
June 23, 2018
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