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Qatar remains committed to labour reforms: GCO


Qatar has once again reaffirmed its commitment in developing laws in line with international labour standards and the guidance of ILO, Director of Qatar's Government Communications Office (GCO) Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed al Thani said in a series of tweets on Friday.
Responding to an Amnesty International report on the labour reform measures ratified recently, Sheikh Saif said,"Qatar will ensure, in coordination with NGOs, that all workers rights are secure, while continuing to develop and reform our laws."
The GCO director added that Qatar is open to suggestions and aims to be a model of best practice for workers rights.
"The new agreement concluded between the Qatari authorities and the International Labour Organization (ILO) sets out a pathway that could lead to long-promised reform of Qatar's sponsorship system," said Amnesty International in its report on Thursday.
The organization welcomed the agreement to establish a technical cooperation project in which the Qatari government has committed to revising its laws in line with international labour standards and the guidance of ILO experts.
"This agreement is a welcome step that offers a prospect of hope for migrant workers in Qatar. There are some positive commitments in particular relating to unpaid wages," said James Lynch, Deputy Director of the Global Issues Programme at Amnesty International.

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