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Posted On: 16 July 2020 05:30 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:22 pm

Check out the latest developments in the ongoing Gulf dispute -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 161

Khadiza Begum
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Have you missed the most important political stories of this week on the GCC crisis? Scroll all the way down to get the updates on the latest developments in the ongoing Gulf crisis.

15 July 2020

Qatar Airways ensures to take all legal measures to protect its rights and its customers

Qatar Airways welcomes the Judgment of the International Court of Justice affirming that the ICAO Council has the jurisdiction to hear any disagreement relating to the interpretation and implementation of the Chicago Convention 1944 and the International Air Services Transit Agreement.

Qatar Airways said in a statement that, "In line with the ruling of the ICJ and the legal precedent allowing the State of Qatar to continue its case at ICAO against the blockading States, Qatar Airways will pursue its case for appropriate compensation of the financial injuries inflicted on Qatar Airways as a result of the illegal airspace blockade"

Qatar Airways said: " We look forward to observing the return of the State of Qatar to Montreal to urge the ICAO Council to condemn the illegal airspace blockade of it and take appropriate actions to require the four blockading States to comply with their obligations under international law in order to restore the normalcy of international civil aviation"

15 July 2020

beIN MEDIA GROUP criticizes Saudi General Authority for Competition statement

beIN MEDIA GROUP criticized the recent statement issued by the General Authority for Competition in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which purports to permanently terminate the license to broadcast beIN in Saudi Arabia.

In a statement on Tuesday, beIN MEDIA GROUP said, "We note the latest pronouncement by the Saudi General Authority for Competition purporting to "permanently terminate" beIN's license to broadcast in Saudi Arabia. This decision was arrived at through sham legal proceedings that repeatedly violated beIN's due process rights at every turn and the decision itself is not only contrary to international law but also the most basic principles of competition law. The decision is nonsensical on every single level, banning beIN for packaging its rights in the standard way that sports and entertainment broadcasters all around the world do, and indeed as other broadcasters active in the Saudi market also do. Moreover, the very idea that permanently banning a leading competitor from a market could in any way promote competition is plainly absurd."

14 July 2020

Qatar can challenge airspace restrictions imposed by blockading countries at ICAO: ICJ ruling


The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN's top court, has backed Qatar in a dispute with four neighbours which imposed an air blockade against Doha more than three years ago, according to Al Jazeera.

The Hague-based ICJ on Tuesday rejected the appeal by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against a decision by the world civil aviation body in favor of Qatar over sovereign airspace, ICJ President Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf said on Tuesday.

Qatar welcomes today’s ruling by the ICJ that it has the right to challenge airspace restrictions imposed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Arab Republic of Egypt (“the Blockading States”) before the UN’s aviation body – the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), according to the Government Communications Office.

Since June 2017, the Blockading States have prohibited Qatar-registered aircraft from flying to or from their airports and overflying their national airspaces, in flagrant violation of international law. In two judgements released today, the ICJ rejected all three grounds of appeal raised by the Blockading States, finding that the ICAO has jurisdiction to hear Qatar’s claims. The ICAO Council will now resume its proceedings.

His Excellency the Minister of Transport and Communications of Qatar, Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti:

“We welcome today’s decision by the ICJ that will see the Blockading States finally face justice for violating international aviation rules. We are confident that the ICAO will ultimately find these actions unlawful. This is the latest in a series of rulings that expose the Blockading Countries’ continued disregard for international law and due process. Step by step their arguments are being dismantled, and Qatar’s position vindicated.”

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