– Exchange of experiences with regard to the affairs of expatriate workers and improvement of their welfare
– Developing a plan to implement the recommendations of international conferences held in the State of Qatar on human rights
– Coordination between the two sides to monitor and respond to the human rights violations in Qatar
– Joint work on legislative harmonization with international human rights standards
Doha: July 7, 2019
The National Human Rights Committee and administrative development, labour and social affairs stressed the need for cooperation to exchange experiences in matters relating to labor and improve their welfare in the State of Qatar to achieve the public interest and to ensure a mechanism for joint cooperation in a manner that promotes coordination between them according to Qatar National Vision 2030, And the National Strategy of the State (2017-2022).
This came in a memorandum of understanding signed by the two sides at the headquarters of the NHRC, by Ms. Maryam Bint Abdullah Al Attiyah and Mr. Mohammed Hassan Al Obaidli, Deputy Undersecretary for Labor Affairs. The Memorandum of Understanding recognizes the importance of cooperation between the two parties, which contributes to the dissemination and promotion of the culture of human rights and the protection of these rights. The memorandum emphasized that the two parties would cooperate in a manner consistent with the general objectives and work strategy and competencies of each of them in the field of public awareness of human rights principles and standards. The scope of cooperation also includes: first: knowledge production to achieve legislative harmonization with international human rights standards in order to achieve openness to regional and international bodies and to cooperate in the field of international and regional conferences, second: joint contribution to national, regional and international human rights events, third: As well as aspects relating to the human rights situation in areas related to the work of the two sides, fourth: strategic cooperation to develop public awareness of human rights principles and standards in the preparation and issuance of manuals, guidebooks, brochures, fifth: launching joint media campaigns on issues of common concern with a view to disseminating the culture and principles of human rights, and sixth: exchange of experiences through workshops, conferences, seminars and training programs held by both parties to spread the desired benefit in the field of human rights.
The two sides stressed the importance of cooperation in the field of knowledge production and agreed on an agenda to discuss phenomena and problems of common concern that can be monitored in the local context or extrapolated in relevant UN resolutions through analytical descriptive studies, field studies, Work, interactive dialogues and so on. The MOU called for action to achieve legislative harmonization with international human rights standards and to seek the greatest possible compatibility between legislation relevant to the parties and international human rights instruments. Furthermore, the memorandum provided for cooperation to open up to regional and international bodies and using experiences of the two parties to open up to the organizations and bodies concerned with regional and international human rights (governmental and non-governmental) to achieve the common objectives of both parties, as well as monitoring what may be raised about the human rights situation in the State, and coordination between the parties to respond to them.
The memorandum of understanding also includes aspects of cooperation in the field of international and regional conferences and the development of a plan to implement the recommendations of the international conferences held in the State of Qatar on the issues of mutual interest and related human rights and joint conferences organized by the committees and national human rights institutions. In addition to the importance of cooperation on joint cooperation in national, regional and international human rights events including the Arab Human Rights Day (16 March each year), the Qatari Human Rights Day (November 11 of each year), and International Human Rights Day (10 December of each year), as well as the preparation of manuals at relevant United Nations, regional and national human rights events.