Qatar HRC, Lankan human rights body sign MoUView(s):
Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Commission (HRC) and the Qatar National Human Rights Committee signed a MoU on Tuesday in Colombo to provide greater protection to Sri Lankan migrants in Qatar. NHRC Qatar Chairman Dr. Ali Bin Samikh Al-Marri led the delegation from Doha which included Ms. Jumaya Al Sulaiti – Director, Investigation Department, and Boyko Atanasov – Country Representative, Solidarity Center/Qatar. This was preceded by a roundtable discussion between the visiting delegation and representatives of associations representing the interests of migrant workers, members of the HRC, trade union leaders and recruitment agents. Qatar is Sri Lanka’s second largest labour receiving country after Saudi Arabia with 130,000 Sri Lankan workers, and the wealthiest among Arab states. Among the issues discussed were the prospects of more jobs for Sri Lankans with Qatar hosting the soccer world cup in 2022 and needing a million more workers. The need for a single, common contract endorsed by government agencies at both ends, legal remedies for workers in Doha in terms of contract violations and energising Sri Lankan welfare groups in Doha to make use of the services of the NHRC, were also discussed.
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