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Qatar bans annual leave for nationals and expats

The Gulf Association for Rights and Freedoms has appealed to the offices of both Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, to protect labour rights in Qatar.

The Association asked the ILO and the UN High Commissioner to intervene urgently, following the Qatar government imposed ban on nationals and expats availing of annual leave.

The decision is said to be a ‘grave violation’ against nationals, and there are nearly 2.2mn expat workers in Qatar, majority of them being from Asian countries.

WAM spokesperson, Mohammad Hayef, was quoted as saying that the Qatari government not only implemented the ban, but also cancelled all leave requests, which is harming the working conditions of migrant workers.

Hayef mentioned that by preventing people from taking their annual leave, rates of serious and fatal work accidents may increase due to depriving workers and placing them under harsh working conditions and physical, psychological and social pressures, he said.

According to Hayef, this is particularly true for workers in companies that are monitoring the construction of projects for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Posted on 11/7/2017

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