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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 October 2018

UAE: Qatar is politicising UN Human Rights Council

The Emirates rejects allegation of discrimination by Qatar

The United Arab Emirates says Qatar is attempting to politicise the agenda of the United Nations Human Rights Council. AP
The United Arab Emirates says Qatar is attempting to politicise the agenda of the United Nations Human Rights Council. AP

The UAE said Qatar is attempting to politicise the agenda of the United Nations Human Rights Council by using it as a venue to litigate its ongoing row with the Arab quartet.

The UAE’s second secretary of the permanent mission to the UN rejected an accusation by Qatar that it violated an international convention against discrimination during a response to Qatar’s speech to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday.

“The United Arab Emirates denies any violation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of [racial] Discrimination,” Mohamed Al Shamsi said.

Mr Al Shamsi was speaking on behalf of the Arab quartet boycotting Qatar, which accuses their Gulf neighbour of supporting extremist groups.

Qatar should not use the council to politicise issues, Mr Al Shamsi said.

Qatar has been challenging the Arab quartet’s boycott since June last year, when the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt imposed sanctions and cut diplomatic and economic ties.

In July, the International Court of Justice declined to grant 11 provisional measures requested by Qatar in a case based on allegations of discrimination against Qatari citizens’ access to the UAE, while accepting three measures with which the Emirates said it was already in compliance.

“There had been no definitive verdict as of yet at the International Court of Justice, but the United Arab Emirates followed the case with great interest and would assess their decision to establish the falseness of the claims therein," Mr Shamsi said.

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