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Qatar abstains in ILO Protocol to Forced Labour Convention vote; Saudi, Bahrain vote against

June 12, 2014 | | One Comment

JustHere columnist and migrant rights expert Aakash Jayaprakash is at the 103rd International Labour Conference hosted by the International Labour Organization in Geneva. He writes about the landmark forced labour protocol that was passed yesterday.

A total of 437 delegates … Read More

Qatar’s Kafala challenge; When ‘changes’ are implemented, will anything change at all?

June 8, 2014 | | 3 Comments

Over the last fortnight, Qatar has continuously been the focus of international news, little of which has been positive. Bribery allegations surrounding its successful FIFA 2022 bid, Taliban leaders being released to Qatar, and the continuing criticism of its labour … Read More

[OPINION] DLA Piper’s Qatar report based on a flawed premise; Need for foreign workers is not temporary

May 24, 2014 | | One Comment

Qatar’s need for foreign workers is not temporary; it’s long-term (and probably a permanent one) and yet, the DLA Piper report and Qatar’s labour law amendments seem to ignore the fact.

It chooses to see and treat foreign workforce temporary … Read More

Kafala will be abolished… ultimately; But Qatar’s big announcement on labour laws is still pending cabinet approval

May 14, 2014 | | 5 Comments

Qatar today announced its intention to completely abolish the kafala system, but pending the Shura council’s approval.

The most important points of the announcement include: removal of the 2-year ban; shifting issue of exit permits from the employer’s to the … Read More

End of Kafala? All eyes on Qatar as govt set to announce amendment to labour law tomorrow

May 13, 2014 | | 2 Comments

Qatar is expected to announce the long-awaited amendments to its labour law tomorrow.

The Ministry of Interior will be making the announcement to media tomorrow at 3 pm, local time. (While the communication in English says Labour Law Amendment, the … Read More

Renewed international pressure on Qatar abolish Kafala; and to amend draft laws on media and cyber crime

May 7, 2014 | | One Comment

At the review of Qatar in the 19th session of Universal Periodic Review, UN, member states responded to the country’s report demanding that urgent amends be made to the kafala system, include domestic workers in the labour law, and to … Read More

Their life, their story

October 11, 2013 | | One Comment

Every week, we speak to a few low-income workers who allow us a peek into their lives in Qatar. The three workers we spoke to this week were oblivious to the global media frenzy on migrant rights in the country. … Read More

10 things you should know about being employed in Qatar

October 1, 2013 | | 239 Comments

Whether you are exploring career opportunities in Qatar or already working here, you must be aware of your rights and duties as an employee.

Here are some essential points compiled from the Qatar Labour Law, Ministry of Interior directives and … Read More

What you need to know about working in Qatar without company sponsorship

September 30, 2013 | | 28 Comments

Qatar’s growth is attracting thousands of professionals to its shores; While they come sponsored by their employers, there is an auxiliary pool of professionals who come along with them – the spouses and adult children, who relocate for familial reasons, … Read More