By Jonathan MarshallSource: Engadge title Qatar lawyers lose their job over discrimination law article In a bid to get their job back, a group of lawyers in the Gulf Arab nation are trying to have their jobs rescinded.
The group of legal experts has filed a petition with the Court of Arbitration for the Judiciary (CAS) to overturn a decision to fire the lawyers.
Qatar has a strong reputation as a bastion of justice in the region and one of the world’s wealthiest countries.
But the lawyers are concerned about the effects of the court ruling on their livelihoods.
“We’re very concerned about losing our jobs and our dignity and being unable to go to work.
That’s what we’re worried about, that our livelihoods will be jeopardised and our ability to be represented in the courts will be compromised,” said Mohammed al-Faisal, the head of the legal team representing the lawyers, according to Al Jazeera.
The lawyers are asking for a ruling to overturn the decision.
Qatar, the largest country in the world, is a US-allied oil-rich nation with a population of 1.4 billion people.
It has long been considered one of Islam’s most powerful nations.
But in 2016, Qatar’s government launched a crackdown on the practice of “jailbreaking”, a legal loophole that allowed foreign lawyers to work from home.
In 2018, the country suspended all work visas, limiting travel to the country.
But the new ruling came after more than 10,000 people were arrested in the summer of 2020 and many more people have been arrested since.
More:Qatar’s government has said the arrests were “legitimate”, but Amnesty International says the arrests show “the authorities are ignoring international law”.
Qataris who had previously been working in the country were not given a chance to appeal the decision and have not been allowed to travel outside the country since the crackdown.
Qatari lawyers are also worried that if they try to take their cases to the courts they may be punished.
“If we have to go before the court, we’re not going to be able to afford to do it,” said Mohamed al-Qadhi, a lawyer in Doha.
“We’re asking for the court to grant us an extension and we’re asking the court not to issue a decision that will harm us.”
Qatar denies discriminationQatar was among the countries where foreign lawyers were banned in 2016 following the decision to lift the ban on foreigners working from abroad.
The law that was put in place has since been suspended and the country has not implemented any new laws against foreigners working.
“We don’t see any reason to continue with the ban.
We’re happy to have the ban lifted but we’re also not going forward with the lifting of the ban,” said Qadhi.
Qatas lawyer says court’s decision is ‘dangerous’ to Qatar’s lawyers”We are not asking for anything from the court but we would like to have a clear explanation as to why the decision has been made,” said Al-Qadhali.
While the court has not issued a ruling on the petition, it has already heard evidence from the lawyers and is considering their request.