On ICJ’s Agenda:
Application of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racism (Qatar v. United Arab Emirates)
The rift between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates began on 23 May 2017, when the Qatar News Agency was subject to a cyber attack. A false news story was posted on its website, attributing incendiary claims to the Emir of Qatar regarding strategic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Israel-Palestinian conflict, comments about certain terrorist groups, and the criticism of the US President. Although Qatar labelled these claims as false, these comments were picked up by other news broadcasters in the region, including in neighbouring countries.
In response, the UAE issued a statement on 5 June 2017, by which it prohibited Qatari nationals from entering the UAE, forcing all Qatari residents and visitors to leave the UAE within 14 days, and banned UAE nationals from entering Qatar. This was allegedly done on the basis of Qatar’s undermining of ‘the security and stability of the region and its failure to honour international commitments and agreements’. Additionally, the UAE severed all diplomatic ties with Qatar, which had previously also been done by Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
As a result of these measures, Qatar instituted proceedings at the ICJ against UAE on 11 June 2018 and claimed that the discriminatory measures which were directed towards Qataris in virtue of their national origin, were a violation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. In its claim, Qatar relied on Art. 36(1) of the Convention to establish jurisdiction at the Court.
Meet Your Chair:
Md Minhazar Rahman
Hello! I am Md Minhazar Rahman from Bangladesh. Currently, I am completing my A-Levels at Mastermind English Medium School. Since my childhood, I have always been inquisitive of the things that seemed utterly complex. I find it intriguing how politics continues to rapidly influence society.
As for my Model UN ventures, I am the oldest member of the Mastermind Model UN club and I am also currently the club’s Executive Committee member. I have actively participated in Model UN conferences since 2018 and have done plenty of Model UNs internationally, both as a Delegate and as an Executive Board member.
I am very excited, and looking forward to all of the new bonds and memories I am going to create while chairing the ICJ Council with my fellow chair.
Fun Fact: I am the Youngest Secretary General in Bangladesh.