DOHA: (Agencies: 3l11l2009): In the context of its on-going human rights awareness campaign under the theme, "You deserve the right but you owe the responsibility" aimed at fostering harmonious and better working relationships between the workers and the employers, the National Human Rights Committee-Qatar (NHRC-Qatar) has held a seminar on “Workers’ Basic Rights and Privileges” to leaders of the Nepalese community.
The seminar which was organized in close cooperation with Solidarity Centre-Qatar featured a lecture by Hala Al Ali, legal consultant of NHRC-Qatar, who expounded on labor law in Qatar and its various articles adding that the seminar aims among other things at training trainers that would explain the Qatari Labor law to Nepalese working in Qatar in their own mother tongue.
She also explained that the law does not only protect laborers; it also protects the employer whose interests can be grossly harmed by careless acts or behavior by the employee adding that the word laborer in Qatari law does not only mean a blue collar worker, it also covers white collar employees including Qataris or non Qataris.
In the same context, Mr. Abdallah Ali al-Mahmoud, NHRC head department of Public Relations and Media information that the training the trainer process is provided for in Qatar’s Labor Law which conforms with international standards in this regard.
For his part, Seqr Nepal, the Chairman of the Expatriate Nepalese Association, lauded efforts by the government of Qatar to employ Nepalese workers wherever possible. He also commended NHRC for organization the seminar. The Expatriate Nepalese Association, which is a civil society organization, has branches in a number of countries around the world. The 200,000 Nepalese community is the second largest in Qatar.