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​Nepal and Qatar NHRIs partner to promote workers' rights

Graphic: Agreement signed by the Chairpersons of the Nepal and Qatar NHRIs

An 11-point plan has been signed between the two NHRIs to protect the rights of Nepali migrant workers in the Gulf country.

The National Human Rights Commission of Nepal and the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar have agreed on an 11-point activation plan to implement the agreement reached last year to protect the rights of Nepali migrant workers in the Gulf country.

The Chairpersons of the respective human rights bodies - Justice Anup Raj Sharma and Dr Ali Bin Samikh Al-Marri - signed the activation plan at a program held in Kathmandu.

A 10-point bilateral agreement was signed in November 2015 for the welfare of Nepali migrant workers in Qatar. The activation plan seeks to bring the agreement into effect following the passage of the new labour law in Qatar and the signing of a labour agreement between the two countries.

The key elements of the 11-point activation plan are: appointing a contact person in the respective countries' human rights agencies for exchange of information; imparting training to private foreign employment agencies; and providing legal support to Nepali workers in Qatar.

The rights bodies of the two countries would also study the problems faced by Nepali migrant workers in Qatar.

Date: 18 December 2016

Source: Himalayan Times


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  1. Agreement signed by the Chairpersons of the Nepal and Qatar NHRIs - National Human Rights Commission of Nepal