The Hague — Qatar on Wednesday will launch an urgent case before the UN’s highest court against United Arab Emirates (UAE), accusing it of human rights violations after its Gulf neighbours cut all ties with Doha in 2017. During a three-day hearing at the International Court of Justice, judges will hear arguments by Doha’s lawyers, with the UAE to respond on Thursday. Both will talk on Friday. The case comes a year after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Doha on June 5 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism and Iran. Doha denies the allegations. Qatar, a small peninsula nation, found its only land border closed, its state-owned airline barred from using its neighbours’ airspace, and Qatari residents expelled from the boycotting countries. It filed its case before the body based in The Hague earlier this month, saying the "UAE … implemented a series of discriminatory measures directed at Qataris based on their national origin," resulting in alleged human rights...

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