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Posted On: 27 February 2019 09:48 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:20 pm

NHRC calls on UAE to release Emirati nationals and their two Qatari children

Khadiza Begum
Khadiza Begum
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The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) announced that it deplores the continuing UAE authorities' failure to comply with the International Court of Justice order No. 172 dated 23 July 2018, which urged the UAE to comply with its obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and to apply a set of provisional measures including ensuring that families that include a Qatari, separated by the measures adopted by the UAE since 5 June 2017, are united, despite international appeals, and reports of international organizations documenting the violations.

The Committee said in a statement today that it monitors continuing human rights violations by the UAE that contravene all international conventions, agreements, and norms and humanitarian principles.

Mixed families continue to face an certain future, under critical circumstances which change the lives of thousands of families in the Gulf region, due to the severe restrictions imposed by the countries of the blockade on relations with the State of Qatar leading on the first place to family dispersal.

The Committee noted in its statement that the most recent cases were the prevention of some family members from leaving the United Arab Emirates, and there is the case of Ms. Shaqraa Mohammed Obaid, Emirati citizen who is married to Mr. Fahd Abdullah Dhyiab, Qatari citizen. She left Qatar on January 23, 2019, with her two sons,Dhyiab and Abdullah (2 years and 4 month respectively) to visit her family in the UAE. And she is currently banned from leaving The UAE with her two children, in violation of her right to family reunification. Moreover, The National Human Rights Committee had documented 87 cases of violations of the right to family reunification following the issuance of the International Court of Justice order.

The National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar calls on UAE authorities to comply with the International Court of Justice order No. 172 dated 23 July 2018 and to allow The UAE citizen and her two Qatari children to leave the UAE immediately. (QNA)