Qatar Detains Kenyan Guard Who Blogged On Plight Of Migrants
Muhammad Irfan 26 days ago Wed 19th May 2021 | 12:10 AM
Doha, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th May, 2021 ) :Qatar came under fire Tuesday over the detention of a Kenyan security guard who wrote a blog criticising conditions for migrant workers in the Gulf state which will host the 2022 World Cup.
Malcolm Bidali, under his pen name Noah, published a series of articles on the plight of foreigners who labour in the gas-rich nation, including in vast construction projects for next year's tournament.
FIFPRO, the global footballers' union, said it was "concerned" by the detention of Bidali who "a week before his arrest, spoke to trade union officials about his experiences of working in the country".
"Football players from all backgrounds are concerned about human rights in Qatar ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and want to know how they can play an active role in bringing about lasting change in the host country," it said in a statement.
Doha has made a series of reforms to its employment regulations since being selected to host next year's tournament, which has required a vast programme of construction dependent on foreign workers.
But Amnesty said Qatar was at risk of slipping backwards.
"But too often these are not properly implemented and thousands of migrant workers continue to be exploited and abused."A coalition of rights groups has raised alarm over Bidali's detention and said they feared he was targeted for "his legitimate human rights work".
"Since arriving in Qatar three years ago, Malcolm has been on the front line of the fight to reform Qatar's labour laws, including by writing about his experiences as a migrant worker in the country," said the groups which included Amnesty and Human Rights Watch.