LONDON (Reuters) – The government of Qatar led the United Arab Emirates to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of the United Nations on Monday, accusing it of human rights violations as a result of a boycott promulgated last year .
The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a boycott on Qatar in June 2017, cutting diplomatic and transport relations with the small and wealthy state, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
Doha denies it and says the pressure is aimed at stripping it of its sovereignty.
"As detailed in Qatar's application to the International Court, the UAE led these actions, which have had a devastating effect on the human rights of Qataris and Qatari residents," the government said in a statement.
The State Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, Anwar Gargash, in a Twitter publication, dismissed the claims as another of the "lies" of Doha.
The Qatari government said that the UAE enacted a series of measures that discriminate against Qataris. including expelling them from the UAE, prohibiting them from entering or pbading through the United Arab Emirates, ordering UAE nationals to leave Qatar, and closing the airspace and seaports of the UAE to Qatar.
Qatar said that it believed that the actions violated the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), including discrimination on grounds of nationality, of which the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are signatories.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt are not signatories of the CERD convention.
The bit.ly/2sNbA72 complaint, filed by Qatar late on Monday, accuses the UAE of discriminating against the Qataris in the UAE by limiting their freedom of speech and movement, inciting hatred against them and close local offices of the state of Qatar – funded the Al Jazeera television station and blocked the transmission of Qatar's media.
Qatar requests the court to order the United Arab Emirates to take measures to comply with its obligations under the CERD, ceasing and revoking the measures and restoring the rights of Qatar.
He also requested that the UAE carry out repairs, including compensation, but did not provide details on the amount he might be seeking.
The court's record confirmed late on Monday that it received the complaint, the first step in a dispute that the court can hear. Generally, the court asks both parties for opinions on whether they have jurisdiction before considering the merits of a case, a process that often takes years.
Report of Dmitry Zhdannikov; Additional reports from Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Edition of Robin Pomeroy and Leslie Adler