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HRDs face life sentences & death penalty for their peaceful human rights work

HRD Abdullah Al-Maliki at risk of death sentence for his peaceful human rights work; Amnesty International published a 74-page report documenting the forced labour and other abuses of migrant workers in Qatar’s private security sector ahead of the FIFA World Cup; Court hands down a life sentence to lawyer Dr Hazzaa bin Ali Abu Shraydeh Al-Marri and his brother and fellow lawyer Rashid bin Ali Abu Shraydeh Al-Marri for their participation in peaceful protests in August 2021, others Read more

HRDs face life sentences & death penalty for their peaceful human rights work

Migrant Rights Defenders, Lawyers, Bloggers and Online Activists Under Threat in Qatar

On 2nd June 2021, defender of migrant workers’ rights and blogger Malcolm Bidali was released after almost a month in detention in an unknown location, reports the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR). On the night of 4th to 5th May 2021, officials from Qatar’s State Security Bureau arrested and arbitrarily detained Bidali. They did not disclose any information about his fate until 12th May 2021 when his detention was confirmed, but no information was divulged as to his whereabouts. On 29 May 2021, the Qatari Government Communication Office stated that Bidali had been charged with receiving funds from a foreign party for the purpose of spreading misleading information. In a call with his mother on 20th May 2021, he confirmed that he had been placed in solitary confinement since his arrest and did not have access to a lawyer. Read more

Migrant Rights Defenders, Lawyers, Bloggers and Online Activists Under Threat in Qatar

Rights groups concerned at violation of migrant workers’ association rights, COVID-19 tracing apps

Human Rights Watch published a damning report on Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers, including its failure to protect workers from wage abuses, denial of their rights to form unions and failure to abolish the kafala system; Invasive COVID-19 contact tracing apps which launched, according to Amnesty International, pose a serious risk to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly due to the compromising of users’ digital privacy and security; Read more

Rights groups concerned at violation of migrant workers’ association rights, COVID-19 tracing apps

Human rights defender receives travel ban

In April, human rights lawyer Dr. Najeeb Al-Nuaimi was banned from travelling internationally. Read more

Human rights defender receives travel ban

Qatar praised for human rights reforms as deported human rights defender sentenced to jail

Human Rights Watch recently highlighted new reforms related to rights protection in Qatar. Nonetheless, concerns over the treatment of human rights defenders (HRDs) remain. Read more

 Qatar praised for human rights reforms as deported human rights defender sentenced to jail

Qatari human rights lawyer banned from leaving the country

A travel ban was imposed to HRD Dr. Al-Nuaimi Read more

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Qatari human rights lawyer banned from leaving the country

Rights defender forcefully deported to Saudi Arabia and held incommunicado

Human rights defender Mohammad al-Otaibi was deported to Saudi Arabia, despite having been granted political asylum by Norway. Read more

Rights defender forcefully deported to Saudi Arabia and held incommunicado

Human righs lawyer banned from travel outside the country

Prominent human rights lawyer Dr. Najeeb Al-Nuaimi has been banned from travelling outside the country. Read more

Human righs lawyer banned from travel outside the country