Posted on May 10, 2018

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) organised a workshop on the rights of workers in the State of Qatar and the advantages of the law regulating the entry and exit of expatriates. 

The workshop’s objective is to identify the international and regional mechanisms of workers’ rights and highlight the international workers’ rights context from the perspective of international conventions and treaties, as well as the role of non-governmental organisations and civil society in the promotion and protection of workers’ rights. The workshop also aims to focus on the national framework of workers’ rights in the State of Qatar, especially the legal frameworks regulating them, whether the labour law as a whole or law No. 21 of 2015 regulating the entry and exit of expatriates and their residence, as well as reviewing the situation of workers’ rights in the State of Qatar in the light of the reports of the NHRC and from the political and legal perspectives.

Dr Mohammed Saif Al Kuwari, a member of the NHRC, said in a speech at the workshop that Qatar’s interest in promoting workers’ rights is explained by a number of amendments to laws related to their rights and conditions in order to achieve the greatest possible guarantees of decent work, in an approach that depends on work as much as possible to promote the dignity of the workers and provide them with health care and safety in the workplace, as well as to achieve the necessary stability regarding their legal status and residence in the State, in full conformity with international charters and instruments and the permanent constitution of the State of Qatar.

Al Kuwari stressed, at the same time, the great interest of the NHRC as a national institution for the protection and promotion of human rights within its objectives of promoting and protecting human rights and freedoms, saying that the committee strives to monitor, promote and protect the rights of workers, in a way that ensures smooth and effective embodiment of their rights.

On the sidelines, a number of sessions were held. The first addressed topics, including international framework for workers’ rights and international and regional mechanisms for the protection of workers’ rights; workers’ rights in international conventions and treaties; and the role of the International Labor Organization, NGOs and civil society. The second session discussed the national framework for workers’ rights, the labour law in Qatar and the guarantees granted to workers, and a reading of the law No. 21 of 2015 regulating the entry and exit of expatriates and its role in promoting workers’ rights in Qatar. 

In its third session, the workshop reviewed the situation of workers ‘rights in the State of Qatar as well as the assessment of the situation of workers’ rights in the NHRC’s report according to the latest report and statistics on received complaints, in addition to the situation of human rights in Qatar and the progress achieved and shortcomings in terms of policies and procedures.