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15 Mar 2017

Intl Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Complaint Against Qatar 329th Governing Body Session (March 2017)

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The Government of Qatar (GoQ) was given one year to report back to the GB on the measures undertaken to follow-up on the assessment of the high-level tripartite visit (HLTV) to the country in March 2016. In a communication to the ILO on 20 February, the Government purports to have introduced several reforms. However, the kafala system and the exit permit requirement remain fully in force. The GoQ continues to deny the right to freedom of association and demonstrates that is has taken no steps in this regard. • The GoQ submission to the ILO contains false and misleading information. For example, it is stated that “…Law No. 1 has repealed the exit permit.” This is not true. The exit permit remains in force, with workers obliged to seek the permission of their employer/sponsor to leave the country. Employers are still able to stop workers changing employer for a period of up to five years. • Information concerning occupational morbidity and mortality included in the GoQ submission is incomplete and highly misleading...