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Qatar Accused of Torturing Missing Human Rights Workers Observing 2022 World Cup Prep

Qatar Accused of Torturing Missing Human Rights Workers Observing 2022 World Cup Prep

British human rights activists Krishna Upadhyaya, 52, and Gundev Ghimire, 36, are missing in Qatar. The two men went to the country on behalf of The Glabal Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) to investigate the country’s treatment of migrant workers for the 2022 World Cup. Ghimire’s wife Bandana has accused Qatar of torturing the missing men.

From SkyNews:

Mrs Ghimire told Sky News the last time she was in contact with her husband was Sunday when he told her he would be arriving in England the following day.

She said she feared the authorities there may torture the two men.

GNRD told the men to return after they said police followed them all over the country. Uniformed and undercover authorities stood extremely close to the men whenever they were on their phones. They checked out of their hotel, but did not make their plane.

“I am being followed by the police here,” Upadhyaya texted to a friend. “Looks like they will give me troubles now.”

From The Guardian:

The last contact GNRD had with the two men was on the morning of Sunday 31 August as they prepared to leave their hotel for the airport. According to GNRD, after checking out, they chose to remain in the reception because they felt too unsafe to leave the hotel premises.

GNRD demanded a response from Qatar, but authorities will not talk to the group.

“Their whereabouts remain undisclosed by Qatari authorities despite repeated efforts by GNRD, and their families, to obtain their location,” said the group. “GNRD is deeply concerned that these employees, both British citizens, may have been subjected to enforced disappearance and are currently at risk of torture.”

“GNRD holds the Qatari authorities responsible for their safety,” said Chief Executive Evgenia Kondrakhina. “In the event that its employees are subjected to any kind of physical or psychological harm, GNRD is prepared to take all necessary legal action.”

Human rights groups accused Qatar of slave labor in preparation for the World Cup. The BBC said people are stranded in Qatar and workers only receive $0.85 a day. 

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