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Posted On: 29 April 2014 02:10 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:14 pm

Aspire joins leading Qatari institutions to sponsor first conference on laborers’ rights in Qatar

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In Qatar’s on-going efforts to protect laborers’ rights in Qatar, Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) is joining a number of other Qatari institutions to sponsor the first ever conference to be held on the issue, due to take place on Qatar’s Labor Day.

The conference, which will be held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on May 1st, is being organized by the National Human Rights Committee in cooperation with Dar al Sharq. It is also being sponsored by His Excellency Dr Abdullah bin Saleh Mubarak Al-Khulaifi, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, and His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Minister’s Assistant for International Cooperation Affairs. Amnesty International, which last year published a critical report about laborers’ rights in Qatar, especially in the construction industry, is also participating.

Several distinguished speakers from the government, private companies and institutions including Amnesty International will address delegates at the one-day conference.

Speaking about Aspire’s involvement, Khalid Abdullah Al Sulaiteen, Aspire Zone Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Aspire Zone Foundation is proud to sponsor this important event, which strives to create a forum to address these issues and find solutions in providing laborers with a dignified life in Qatar as well as preserving their rights.”

He continued, “Aspire endeavors to be a leader in respect to protecting laborers’ rights. We apply Qatari labor laws to all our employees as well as suppliers and contractors, and expect their strict adherence to all labor laws, prior to doing business with them.”

“International certificates awarded to Aspire in quality control, health and safety serve to indicate our uncompromising belief in laborers’ rights. And last year, we were pleased to achieve 8 million man-hours without a single lost time incident,” Mr Al Sulaiteen added.

The conference aims to foster a meaningful dialogue about the protection of laborers’ rights, improve their work environments, in addition to modifying or decreeing laws to help them live in dignity.

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