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Posted On: 28 June 2018 01:30 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:18 pm

Bahrain court freed opposition leaders in Qatar spy case -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 56

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Here’s what’s happened since last week’s updates.

June 21

Bahraini court acquitted three senior leaders

A Bahraini court acquitted three senior leaders of the country’s main opposition group of spying for Qatar on last Thursday, Reuters reported.

It's a rare win for opposition party who say they have been targeted by prosecutors for their political views, a judicial source and activists said.

Sheikh Ali Salman, opposition al-Wefaq group secretary general, and Sheikh Hassan Sultan, a former member of the Bahraini parliament for al-Wefaq were accused of by the public prosecutor for conspiring with Qatari officials to carry out “hostile acts” in Bahrain, cited by the state BNA news agency.

"Sheikh Ali Salman was found innocent," Sheikh Maytham al-Salman of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights told AFP. "We hope this ruling opens the way for dialogue and reconciliation."

June 25, 2018

Qatar calls for strategy to protect civilians from atrocities

Qatar calls for strategy to protect civilians from atrocities

Qatar, on behalf of the Group of Friends of the Responsibility to Protect, called upon member states of the United Nations to develop an implementable strategy to prevent atrocities and protect the civilian population from atrocities throughout the world, said an statement released by Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This statement was delivered by HE Qatar's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani at the first official session of the United Nations General Assembly on "Responsibility to Protect (R2P)".

She states the importance of dialogue among member states that would enhance reaching consensus so that the international community could act to prevent such horrific crimes.

June 27, 2018

Hearing of Qatar lawsuit against UAE

Hearing of Qatar lawsuit against UAE
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The highest court of United Nations on Wednesday began hearing a lawsuit by Qatar against United Arab Emirates of "discrimination against Qatar and Qatari citizens" amid a yearlong blockade by four Arab nations.

Doha asked the court to secure full reparation, including compensation, for the harm caused by the UAE, Middle East Eye reported.

Qatar says at the International Court of Justice that the Emiratis had “fostered an environment of hate” and “implemented a series of discriminatory measures”.

Mohammed al-Khulaifi, Qatar’s lawyer, told judges in the Hague that the blockade – which was implemented in June 2017 by the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain – violates the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

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(Cover image credit: AFP Photo/MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH)