Qataris seek assistance from National Human Rights Committee

September 7, 2010

At least 32 laid off Qatari nationals have approached the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) to demand their reinstatement.

The complainants were among a group of government employees who were laid off after the new human resource law was enforced last year.

Even though the laid-off employees receive their monthly salaries and will continue to be paid until they are get alternative state jobs, the complainants said they have been deprived of various allowances that included transport and telephone use.

The complainants, who included women, claimed that some of them have been told that they were given new positions, but their job orders were pending, Qatari daily The Peninsula reported on Tuesday.

In their plea, the complainants challenged the decision of the government to retrench them as “unjustified”, arguing they were qualified and had good experience for the jobs.

“In whatever government departments we were employed, we were doing our job very well. We have university degrees and our performance was good, so there was no justification for targeting us in the retrenchment drive,” they were quoted as saying by the daily.

In their plea to the NHRC, they said that several openings in the government sector were available, but they were ignored and instead new employees were recruited.

“This is against the assurances we were given at the time of being given the marching orders,” they said in their plea.





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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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