This to this The Mediation Committee was established by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) after a diplomatic crisis between the Gulf neighbors nearly eight years ago.
“I hope that the consensus reached by Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia to stop the litigation is real dialogue between two parties end the dispute over allegations of racial discrimination that arose in 2018,” Say CERD Chair Verene Shepherd.
Severance and Sanctions
In June 2017, four countries – the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt – severed diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar, citing alleged support for terrorism.
The following March, Qatar submitted a complaint against the UAE and Saudi Arabia to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination for the first time in the UN committee’s history.
The authorities claimed that the political and economic sanctions, including the closure of the border, were based solely on the nationality of Qatari citizens without justification.
CERD Oversees Global Implementation International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discriminationwhich entered into force more than 50 years ago.
two to this A Conciliation Committee was appointed in February 2020 to discuss complaints.
The Committee commends the cooperation of all States concerned in reaching an amicable settlement of the dispute over racial discrimination.
“This cooperation demonstrates the State party’s unwavering engagement in the collective implementation of the Convention,” Ms Shepherd said.
Both Qatar and the UAE have requested and agreed to to this Mediation Committee meeting on 26 January.
A second commission involving Saudi Arabia ended last year after the two sides reached an agreement.
CERD registered another case, Palestine v. Israel, which is still pending.