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24 Aug 2021

Malcolm Bidali, Migrant-Rights.org

Qatar: Malcolm Bidali reflects on his detention, intimidation & being charged with a crime after highlighting migrant worker abuses

[What happens when no one’s looking?

Malcolm Bidali reflects on the last 12 weeks of detention, intimidation, and being charged for a ‘crime’ of highlighting the plight of lower-income migrant workers like himself toiling in Qatar]

So much has happened over the last three months, fueled by events in the months prior to those. Long story. I will (attempt to) be brief.

On 4 May 2021, I was handed over to the SSB, Qatar’s State Security Bureau to be interrogated about my activity on migrant workers’ rights. Here’s how that went down....