May 5, 2018
The NHRC has released “labour Booklet” in its new version, within the framework of the Committee’s mandate in promoting human rights awareness and education. Mr. Abdulla Al Kaabi, Director of the Legal Affairs Department of the Committee, said in a press statement: This booklet is one of the most important publications of the Committee in raising awareness of the rights and duties of the workers. It was first published in 2009 in seven languages: Arabic, English, Nepalese, Filipino, Indonesian, Urdu and Tamil. Thousands of copies have been distributed in and outside the State of Qatar, and had a good echo at the national, regional and international levels. “Today, the Committee is issuing the fifth edition with an updated version of the booklet to include new legislation such as the Domestic Workers Act, amendments to the Labor Code, the Residence Act and its modern applications and mechanisms.”
Al-Kaabi pointed out that the State of Qatar has achieved further strengthening and respect for human rights. The Committee’s issuance of this booklet reflects these developments in a practical and accessible format for all; pointing out that the booklet contains the basic information for work and residence in Qatar in thirteen chapters, facilitates the search for information away from rigid legal terminology, in order to reach all groups at different levels of scientific and cultural.
In the drafting of this booklet, the language of direct communication to the target group was used to develop answers to the most frequently asked questions, to clarify the rights and duties of workers and to guide how to benefit from the legal system and remedies available to those groups.
Al Kaabi added that the updated version of the booklet will be printed in the same seven languages that were previously published. Al-Kaabi said that the new languages will be added including the Malayalam language, and other African languages including Swahili, Nigerian, Congolese and Bengali.
It is worth mentioning that the National Human Rights Committee is accredited by the International Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions in Geneva under status “A”. It is subject to continuous evaluation every five years, and the Committee makes recommendations to the Government for consistency with international human rights standards.
In the field of the right to work, the Committee receives complaints and petitions by e-mail or hotline or in person at its headquarters, whether by the complainant or on his/her behalf, and the Committee seeks to mediate with the concerned parties in order to provide solutions to those affected. It also provides free legal advice, has a program of cooperation with a number of law firms in the State of Qatar, conducts field visits to places of residence, work, places of detention and health and education, either on its own or based on a complaint. It also publishes awareness leaflets on a regular basis, organizes campaigns and publishes reports On the human rights situation in the State of Qatar on its website every year.