ICJ ruling vindicates country’s stand in Gulf crisis, Qatar tells UN
July 27 2018 11:19 PM
HE Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani (file picture).
HE Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani (file picture).

QNA/New York

The recent decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to take provisional measures against the UAE, in a case related to discrimination against Qatari citizens, can be considered a recognition by the most prominent international judicial body of Qatar's strong legal case in the crisis fabricated against it.

This was highlighted by a message from Qatar’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), HE ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani, to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Security Council President for this month Olof Skoog. 
Through the message, Qatar informed the UN Security Council and Secretary-General of the ICJ’s decision in favour of Qatar to take provisional measures against the UAE in the above-mentioned case. HE Sheikha Alya also referenced Qatar's previous messages that highlighted the implications of the blockade and the illegal and discriminatory measures taken against the State since June 5, 2017. 
The message stressed that the ICJ issued a binding ruling to accept Qatar's request of taking provisional measures against the UAE after the latter took discriminatory measures against Qatari citizens in violation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
The court indicated that "the UAE must ensure that families that include a Qatari, separated by the measures adopted by the UAE on June 5, 2017 are reunited; Qatari students affected by the measures adopted by the UAE are given the opportunity to complete their education in the UAE or to obtain their educational records if they wish to continue their studies elsewhere; and Qataris affected by the measures adopted by the UAE are allowed access to tribunals and other judicial organs of the UAE”.
The message from HE Sheikha Alya highlighted that the decision of the ICJ could be considered a vindication of Qatari citizens affected by the discriminatory and illegal measures enforced against them by the unjust blockade that is looking to achieve goals which violate international law and is based on lies. 
It also stressed that the court's decision confirms the effectiveness of Qatar in dealing with the crisis and its impact on regional peace and security, as well as its humanitarian impact in light of the international law, bilateral agreements and international mechanisms for resolving crises. 
The message added that the court's decision is the first in a series of legal measures Qatar will take before the ICJ against the violations resulting from the unilateral, coercive and illegal measures taken against its people. 
Further, the message maintained that while the Qatari government reiterated its commitment to avoid escalation and find a solution to the GCC crisis through non-conditional dialogue, it will not hesitate to protect the interests of its people and residents. The message also stressed that the Qatari government will continue to defend those measures through the legal measures followed internationally.

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