The Hague Institute for Global Justice: International law permits the prosecution of the siege states
October 03 2017
The Hague Institute for Global Justice affirmed that the siege imposed by the four countries (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt) against Qatar not only creates major political and economic turmoil in the region, but also raised many issues related to international law. This was during a seminar organized by the Diplomatic Institute entitled "International legal means available in the light of the measures imposed by the four siege countries against Qatar". The event is part of the intellectual debates that discuss the damages caused by the siege and its legal repercussions. The seminar was attended by directors of departments at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and officials from several ministries. The speakers who participated in the event stated "The blockade is perceived as a serious escalation of friendly relations between these countries and Qatar, and an attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of Qatar ". At the beginning of the seminar, HE Dr. Mutlaq bin Majid Al-Qahtani, Special Envoy of HE the Foreign Minister for Combating Terrorism and Mediation in Conflict Resolution, said that the main problem facing the international community is the implementation and application of international law. He added "We must prove to the world that there are violations to international obligations through the law. The four countries have committed acts that violates international law, and we are here to clarify the means of applying international law," In his view, the UN and the specialized organizations are more effective than others, have mechanisms to resolve disputes in a binding manner, but only on the condition that these violations are proved. For their part, experts from the Hague Institute stressed that an important fundamental principle related to the conduct between countries was the UN General Assembly 1970 resolution No. 2625, also known as the Declaration on Friendly Relations. Although the declaration was not a binding international agreement, the United Nations General Assembly affirmed that "the principles of the UN charter embodied in this declaration constitute fundamental principles of international law". Participants includes HE Winand Staring, Senior Ambassador at the Institute, Dr. Stephen Rapp, a legal expert in the US government and the United Nations, and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Institute Steven van Hoogstraten. They presented the mechanisms to raise cases under international criminal law, WTO, International Investment Law, International Public Law and the International Court of Justice. Ambassador Al-Qahtani spoke about Qatar's efforts to fight terrorism. He stressed that Qatar does not support terrorism in any form or shape. It is the only Arab and Islamic country that is a member of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund, and donated US$1 million to this fund aims at addressing the root causes of violent extremism. He stressed that the State of Qatar contributes in finding a drastic solution and address the causes of violent extremism. Hence, 10 million children in 45 countries around the world have been educated through Education for All program. Ambassador Al-Qahtani said that the State of Qatar is implementing economic empowerment and job creation projects for Arab youth in 16 Arab countries and aims to generate job opportunities for 2.7 million Arab youth by 2020. He added: "I do not think that there is a country in the Arab and Islamic world that has done similar efforts by the State of Qatar in this area."