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International Justice requires ICAO’s jurisdiction in Qatar’s complaint against the blockading states

ICAO says it has the legal power to adjudicate a dispute on the flight ban between Qatar and the blockading countries (Shutterstock)
ICAO says it has the legal power to adjudicate a dispute on the flight ban between Qatar and the blockading countries (Shutterstock)

Right Now Times : The International Court of Justice issued a decision ordering the jurisdiction of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to consider the case brought by Qatar against the blockading states.

The court judges also unanimously rejected the payments made by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain that ICAO did not have jurisdiction to hear the case.

Right Now Times : The court confirmed in the session held in The Hague that the ICAO Council did not make mistakes when it rejected the challenges of the four countries by not having jurisdiction to consider Qatar’s complaint regarding the negative effects caused by the blockade countries on aviation, security and air safety when it banned all Qatari aircraft from flying over their lands or landing in Its airports. “

Right Now Times : The four blockading countries – the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt – have filed a lawsuit regarding defining the jurisdiction of the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), asking the Court of Justice to annul a decision taken by ICAO in the interest of Doha.

The organization decided in 2018 that it has the legal authority to decide a dispute related to Qatar’s request, which accuses neighboring countries of violating an agreement regulating the freedom of civilian aircraft to cross in foreign airspace.

Right Now Times : These countries imposed a large-scale air embargo on June 5, 2017 without warning, and included all aircraft registered in the State of Qatar, preventing them from flying to and from the airports of these countries, and preventing them from passing through their airspace.

The International Court of Justice considers disputes between countries, but its decisions are not mandatory to implement them.

Right Now Times : The court had called on the UAE to protect the rights of Qatari citizens, especially reuniting families whose family members have been separated, and allowing students to continue their studies.

Right Now Times : The siege of Qatar began in June 2017 after the Qatar News Agency penetrated and fabricated statements by the country’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, then Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Manama, and Cairo severed all ties with Doha with allegations related to the relationship with Iran and support for terrorism, and imposed economic measures, Among them is the closure of land borders and sea routes, preventing the use of airspace and imposing restrictions on the movement of Qataris.

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