The U.N. International Court of Justice issued a provisional ruling on Monday, 23 July 2018 that ordered the immediate reuniting of separated Qatari families, recourse for expelled students under the blockade, and due process for affected Qataris.
The legally binding order calls for the following measures to be implemented:
1. Families, including a Qatari affected by the measures from the UAE after June 5, that are separated are reunited
2. Qatari students affected are given opportunities to complete their education or to obtain their educational records if they wish to continue their studies elsewhere
3. Qataris affected are allowed access to tribunals or judicial organizations
The order was imposed with immediate effect, before the International Court of Justice hears the full case filed by Qatar at a later date:
According to Qatar, which filed the suit in June, the UAE has as part of the boycott expelled thousands of Qataris, blocked transport and closed down the offices of the Doha-based Al-Jazeera news channel.
The court found that ordinary Qatari residents in UAE have been exiled and their rights are in peril:
“Many Qataris residing in the UAE appeared to have been forced to leave their place of residence without the possibility of return,” the judges’ ruling said.
“There is an imminent risk that the measures adopted by the UAE could lead to irreparable prejudice to the rights invoked by Qatar.”
The U.N. court found several human rights violations have occurred under the blockade:
The court found that mixed UAE-Qatari families have been separated, Qatari students have been deprived of the opportunity to complete their education, and Qataris have been denied equal access to justice.
Qatar welcomed the ruling in a statement from its Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Qatar’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Lulwa al-Khater said:
“This is only the first step on a long road to defend our rights, but at the same time this sends an early strong signal that there will be no tolerance shown to countries that take arbitrary measures against Qataris,” she said in Arabic language comments published by state news