Qatar and Bangladesh take up human rights in a new agreement
26 Aug 2022News
Qatar and Bangladesh are set to cooperate in the field of human rights and exchange experiences as part of a new agreement signed between the two sides.
This became clear in the discussion held between Qatar National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Secretary General Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali and Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission Chairperson Nazima Begum.
Al Jamali underlined that the NHRC has made significant progress in reaching out to foreign communities, including the Bengali community, which is one of the largest communities in the country.
Al Jamali also emphasized at the meeting that the importance of Qatar's NHRC in protecting and advancing the human rights of all residents and citizens subject to Qatar's legal authority.
According to Migrant Rights, 60 workers were arrested in Qatar after they gathered in the streets to protest against unpaid wages for six months.
Qatari Labor Minister Ali bin Saeed bin Al Sameeq Al Marri highlighted this in a special meeting with the Minister of Expatriate Welfare and the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka this week.
In a discussion between Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Moman and Qatar's Labor Minister, he pointed out that the Gulf country is trying to hire more skilled workers from Bangladesh in the coming days.
According to Bangladesh's recruiting firms, the majority of workers work in the cleaning, driving and construction industries. Appreciating the Bangladeshi workers, the Labor Minister pointed out that the labor law in Qatar had been amended. Al Marri also stressed that foreign workers will receive the same benefits as domestic workers under the law.
It comes as the Gulf nation faces international attention and heavy scrutiny over human rights ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, prompting authorities to unveil major labor reforms hailed by the global community as 'historic'.