Qatar Human Rights Authority defending expats jobs against Qatarisation

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The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has objected to the practice of deporting foreign workers for the simple reason of seeking a sponsorship change.

In its latest report, the NHRC has said that deporting residents under this excuse is illegal, according to a local Arabic daily.

The rights panel has also maintained that the Qatarisation process in the country should not be considered a reason for terminating the services of foreign workers on short notice and deporting them.

The Committee has urged that all deportation decisions be subjected to judicial control.

This will allow individuals to complain against deportation in the court and seek its cancellation if it is proved illegal.

It added that deportation is dangerous and has a massive impact on the person being deported as well as his family.

“Such decisions should be based on legal reasons,” NHRC was quoted as saying in its report.

The sponsor can refuse a request for change in the sponsorship but that should not lead to deportation. The employee should be allowed to continue work under the same sponsor or given permission to work in another job, which is not earmarked for Qatarisation, the Committee said.

Meanwhile, the Advisory Council on Monday discussed the new sponsorship law and decided to return the draft law to the committee concerned for further study.

The decision was taken as most of the Council members were against Article 16 in the draft law that allows residents with a valid RP to bring their parents, children and other members of the family to the country and obtain resident permits for them.

The Council blamed the current influx of foreigners into the country for the increasing pressure on services and facilities in the country.

Mohamed bin Mubarak Al Khulaifi, Speaker of the Advisory Council, said, “Qatar has been witnessing an unprecedented population growth and density. I think RPs should be confined to children and spouses.”

He said foreigners are always welcome to the country for work but some residents want to bring their whole family to stay with them.

Mubarak Al Ali, a Council member, criticised Article 4 of the draft law, which stipulates that residents leaving the country should not be allowed to return before the lapse of two years after his departure.

He said this period should be increased to five years.

Some members expressed their apprehension over a provision in the draft law that allows residents to keep their passports with them, while working under a sponsor. They wanted to continue the existing system.

The Council discussed a draft law on domestic servants and decided to refer it to the Emir for approval.

The Pen

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ahmed129
29/04/2012

Respected Sir/ Madam

It is very much sad for me to complain this matter, because I love Qatar
very much.
My name is SYED ALTAF AHMED MIR ZAKAULLA from India possessing my passport
number E8188256.
Sir
I am basically a civil engineer with 20 years of experience in KSA,
India, Qatar, KSA and Qatar again.
I was appointed by a company named NEW CENTRE TRADING AND ENGINEERING
SERVICES ( P O Box 11189 Ph:+974 44412247, 44354072) as Projects & construction Manager on 13th October 2011 after
having a face to face interview by our General Manager in India earlier
about a month.
I was declared unfit in my Medical test and was subjected for brief
investigation, after which I was declared fit having no communicable
decease. This process took a duration of 5+ months.
After getting my RP stamped the very next week our GM issued me a warning
letter to improve my working status within one month, for which I argued
with him that why did he not issue this within my probation or before my
visa stamping. I was told that this letter is meant only to boost up my
activities.
Unfortunately our GM terminated me within 5 days after issuing the warning
letter and forcibly deported me the same day without any compensation as
per labour law and he told me this is Qatari
law to deport instantly without any compensations, and I have to respect
the country's law.
I asked General Manager (Mr Sivaji OR) to give me NOC so that I can work
any where in Qatar for which he denied, I reminded him that you appointed
me based on my previous employer's NOC. I was told that our sponsorer has
ruled out to issue me NOC from him. Is this justified?
Unfortunately I have never seen or met my sponsorer during my working
period but I know his name as Mohammed Al mohannadi and was told that he was Qatari Ambassador to Morocco.
If he is not aware please let him aware and please get me justice. I hope Qatar will allow re-entry.

Thanks with Regards
SYED ALTAF AHMED

Ph: +919342882640. +918022270864Email: altaf2005@gmail.com

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