On March 8, 2018, Qatar filed a ‘racial discrimination’ complaint against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva. Qatar claimed that the UAE took discriminatory action against Qatari nationals following a breakdown in relations between the two states and subsequent boycott of Qatar by the quartet of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt in 2017. Doha dragged the Emirates for contravening the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
UAE strongly refuted any such treatment against Qatari individuals, calling Qatar’s accusations ‘a malicious campaign based on falsehoods and aimed at distracting attention from the dire consequences of Qatar’s state-sponsored terrorism’.
On Friday, May 3, UAE in response to Qatar’s complaint said that the Emirates’ measures against Qatar were in accordance with international law and did not target the Qatari people. UAE has taken a tough stand against Qatar for funding terrorism and supporting extremist ideology.
The UAE called the complaint a politically motivated one, adding that actions taken against Qatar as a nation were not meant to target Qatari individuals.
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 Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said that the complaint was yet another Qatari attempt to politicise the committee.