The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has welcomed Law No. (17) of 2020 issued by Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani regarding setting the minimum wage for labourers and domestic workers, and the Decree Law No. (19) of 2020 amending provisions of Law No. (21) of 2015 regarding the regulation of the entry, exit and residency of expatriates.
NHRC Secretary-General Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah said in a statement on Sunday that these steps mark a milestone in the history of employment in the region, making the State of Qatar the first to adopt a non-discriminatory minimum wage in the region.
Al Attiyah added that these positive decisions by the leadership of the State affirm the pioneering approach towards achieving the National Vision 2030 and the sincere will to preserve and protect human dignity in the State of Qatar.
These decisions represent a real indication that the State of Qatar is moving steadily towards preserving workers’ rights and taking care of them in line with its international, regional and national commitments, and come in the context of improving the living conditions of workers in the State of Qatar, she continued.
The NHRC Secretary-General said that the reforms carried out by the State indicate the respect and promotion of the basic principles of human rights, explaining that the hierarchy of reforms undertaken by the State had a significant impact on reducing violations of workers’ rights.
This is confirmed by the decrease in the rate of complaints received by the National Human Rights Committee, and according to the annual reports it publishes regarding the human rights situation in the country, she added.
Al Attiyah praised the State institutions’ response to the recommendations of the National Human Rights Committee which contributed greatly to the advancement of human rights in general and to the labourers’ rights in particular, noting that the National Human Rights Committee has been closely following the reforms that the State is making in the labour law, which can be described from the last two decisions as compliant with the State’s obligations towards the international law.
She added that the National Human Rights Committee appreciates the States efforts, encourages these reform steps, and renews the call to the government of the State of Qatar to move forward with its legislative developments in the path of ensuring the rights of the partners in the renaissance in the State of Qatar.
Al Attiyah underlined that the National Human Rights Committee encourages the State to continue with these reforms and affirms its full and complete readiness to cooperate with all concerned authorities within the State, especially the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs, in order to make these important positive steps a success, and realize these decisions optimally. 
 

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