DOHA: Praising the new law pertaining to ending exit permit, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said yesterday that new legislation marks a ‘significant step in upholding the fundamental rights’ of migrant workers in Qatar.
Under new legislation, migrant workers in Qatar covered by the Labour Law will no longer have to obtain exit permits in order to leave the country.
“The ILO welcomes the enactment of Law No. 13, which will have a direct and positive impact on the lives of migrant workers in Qatar. This first step towards full suppression of exit permits is a clear sign of commitment by the Government of Qatar to labour reforms and a key milestone in the process.”
The ILO will continue to work closely with the government of Qatar on these reforms,” said Houtan Homayounpour, the Head of the ILO Project Office for the State of Qatar in a statement.
Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued yesterday the Law No. 13 of 2018, amending certain provisions of the Law No. 21 of 2015 regulating the entry, exit and residency of expatriates. The law has amended the article No. 7 of the law 21 of 2015. The amendment stipulates that the expatriates under the labour law have right to leave the country temporarily or permanently without exit permit while his work contract is valid. The law stipulates that the employers have the right to submit a list of employees who require prior permit to leave the country to the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs. The request must indicate clearly the reasons and list must not exceed 5% of the company’s employees to take approval before leaving the country as per the nature of their works.
When the Ministry approves the request regarding the names of such employees, the authority concerned will be notified about the approval. Regarding the expatriate workers who do not come under the Labour Law, the procedures of their exit rules and regulation will be specified by a ministerial decision. If any expatriate worker is unable to leave the country for any reason, he/she has the right complain to the Grievance Committee for regulating expatriate exit permit.
A decision of the Minister will be issued to set up the Committee and to specify its power and function. It should finalise the grievance within three days.
Meanwhile, H H the Amir also issued the Law No 9 of 2018, amending some provisions of the Law No. 25 of 2005 with respect to the Commercial Registry.
H H the Amir also issued the Law No. 12 of 2018, amending some provisions of the Law No. 1 of 2016 organising sports clubs. H H the Amir also issued the Law No. 11 of 2018 organising political asylum.
H H the Amir also appointed Jaber Jarallah Masoud Al Ghafrani Al Marri as Ambassador to Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, Mohammed Jassim Al Jiham Al Kuwari as Ambassador to United Mexican States and Fahd Mohammed Yousuf Kafood as Ambassador to Malaysia.
H H the Amir also issued the Decree No. 40 of 2018 approving the accession of Qatar to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. H H the Amir also issued the Decree No. 41 of 2018 approving the accession of Qatar to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
H H the Amir also issued the Decree No. 43 of 2018 ratifying a MoU for cooperation in the fields of energy between the Ministry of Energy and Industry and the Department of Energy of the United States of America.
H H the Amir issued the Amiri Decision No. 58 of 2018 appointing Eng. Nawaf Ibrahim Al Hamad Al Mana, Assistant of the Chairman of Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology (QS). H H the Amir also issued an instrument of ratification approving agreement on mutual administrative assistance in tax matters.