The move has come a year after Qatar accused of “terrorism” tied diplomatic and trade relations with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt. On the other hand, Doha has repeatedly rejected the allegations as “baseless”.
According to the government statement,”As set forth in detail 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 residents of Qatar.”
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said,
The unlawful measures imposed by UAE have torn apart families, with parents being separated from children and husbands from wives. The families deserve to be reunited.
The government of Qatar has said that UAE has enacted a series of measures that discriminate against Qataris including expelling them from the UAE, prohibiting them from entering or passing through the UAE, ordering UAE nationals to leave Qatar, and closing UAE airspace and seaports to Qatar.
The proposed UAE actions are a violation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) – including discrimination on the basis of nationality – of which the UAE and Qatar are both signatories.
Qatar has requested the court to order UAE to take steps complying with obligations under CERD while making reparations including compensation.