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Posted On: 30 January 2020 01:00 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:21 pm

UAE nuclear reactor ready for operation phase -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 139

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Have you missed the most important political stories of this week on the GCC crisis? Every Thursday, we take a moment to bring you all the updates on the latest developments in the ongoing Gulf crisis.

Here's what happened last week:

29 January 2020

Qatar stresses the importance of rule of law in human rights protection


The Permanent Delegate of the State of Qatar in Geneva and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organised a joint event entitled "Education for the Rule of Law: Strengthening Participation in the Field of Human Rights" yesterday.

His Excellency (H.E.) Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar in Geneva Ambassador Ali Khalfan Al Mansouri said that the Thirteenth UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which was held in Doha in April 2015, adopted the Doha Declaration which includes an action plan for the international community based on four main pillars: integrity of the judiciary, education for justice, crime prevention for young people through sports and rehabilitation of prisoners. The Doha Declaration also highlighted the importance of education as a tool to prevent crime and corruption, and emphasised that educating children and youth is essential to fostering a culture that supports the rule of law, crime prevention and criminal justice.

28 January 2020

UAE nuclear reactor ready for the operation phase

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has moved forward with the Barakah nuclear power plant as the UAE’s state-run Emirates News Agency (WAM) announced on Tuesday that it's ready for the operation.

The nuclear plant's operator, Nawah Energy Company, is concluding the final requirements before "commencing the loading of the first fuel assemblies safely into Unit 1 of the Barakah plant, scheduled for the first quarter of 2020," WAM said.

It's worth noting that Barakah will be the UAE’s first nuclear plant and the world’s largest when completed, with four reactors and 5,600 megawatts (MW) of capacity, Reuters reported.

Underlining the myriad risks inherent in Barakah’s design, Qatar says UAE`s power plant activities are a threat to Gulf stability and the environment. In March, Qatar's foreign affairs ministry reportedly sent a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency saying that a radioactive plume from an accidental discharge could reach its capital, Doha, within five to 13 hours - and a radiation leak could devastate the Gulf's water supply due to the region's heavy reliance on desalination plants, reported Al Jazeera.

In its letter, Qatar said that a radioactive plume from an accidental discharge could reach its capital in five to 13 hours and a radiation leak would have a devastating effect on the region's water supply because of its reliance on desalination plants.

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(Cover photo credit: AP)