NHRC chief calls on countries to protect migrant workers’ rights

 12 Dec 2012 - 4:00


Dr Ali bin Sumaikh Al Marri (seated second from left), at the conference.

DOHA: Qatar’s human rights body has urged major manpower exporting countries to have judicial mechanisms in place to prevent local manpower agencies from exploiting workers coming to Qatar to take up jobs.

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has blamed manpower agencies based in the countries of origin of foreign workers for their plight in Qatar, saying they overcharge the hapless workers and mislead them about salaries and perks they would be entitled to here. To fix these problems, the manpower exporting countries must take the initiative and put judicial mechanisms in place, said Dr Ali bin Sumiakh Al Marri, chairman of the NHRC. 

Al Marri is in Sri Lanka attending a conference on human rights. On behalf of NHRC he has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its Sri Lankan counterpart.

According to the MoU, the NHRC will be raising awareness among Qatari employers as well as foreign workers here about their rights and duties as provided for in Qatar’s labour law.

On its part, Sri Lanka’s human rights agency would be raising awareness among Sri Lankan nationals who are Qatar-bound to take up jobs. 

Al Marri stressed the need for raising awareness about Qatar’s labour law and workers’ rights and duties before they travel to Doha. The conference was held by the American Centre for International Labor Solidarity based in Sri Lanka.the peninsula