The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) organised a workshop on the rights of workers in Qatar and the advantages of the law regulating the entry and exit of expatriates.
The workshop's objective was to identify the international and regional mechanisms of workers' rights and highlight the role of non-governmental organisations and civil society in the promotion and protection of workers' rights.
The workshop also aimed at focusing on the national framework of workers' rights in Qatar, especially the legal frameworks regulating them, 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 Qatar in light of the reports of the NHRC and from the political and legal perspectives.
Dr Mohamed 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 healthcare and safety at 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 Qatar.
Al-Kuwari stressed, at the same time, the great interest of the NHRC with 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 of the workshop, 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 Labour Organisation, 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 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.