Qatar filed a complaint to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva, accusing the UAE of racial discrimination, to which the UAE strongly refutes.
Racial discrimination accusation
Recently, Qatar accused the UAE of ‘racial discrimination,’ claiming the UAE broke the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). In response, the UAE strongly refuted the accusation and declared Qatar’s complaints have “no legal basis” to support the accusation.
“Malicious Qatari campaign” behind the complaint
UAE issued a statement refuting the false accusation. They claim Qatar’s complaint came as part of a “malicious Qatari campaign” seeking attention from Qatar’s “state-sponsored terrorism.” The statement reads, “Doha’s complaint before the Committee is part of a malicious Qatari campaign based on falsehoods and aimed at distracting attention from the dire consequences of Qatar’s state-sponsored terrorism.”
Complaint had nothing to do with racial discrimination
Abdullah Hamdan Al Naqbi, Director of the International Law Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, and UAE representative before the CERD, says Qatar shouldn’t have lodged a complaint, as the complaint has nothing to do with racial discrimination. He says, “The UAE measures regarding the Qatari citizens are compliant with the international law and can’t be classified under any forms of racial segregation combatted by the Committee whose mandate is to fight all forms of distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin. Accordingly, the UAE can never be accused of violating the agreement in any way.”