Joint Statement: Kenyan labour rights activist leaves Qatar after paying hefty fine for publishing “false news”

Index Number: MDE 22/4626/2021

Malcolm Bidali, a Kenyan national, who was forcibly disappeared by Qatari authorities on 4 May 2021 and held in solitary confinement for a month, has finally been allowed to leave the country after paying a hefty fine for his human rights activism. The 28-year-old is a security guard, blogger and activist, who has been vocal about the plight of migrant workers like himself, and has written for a number of online platforms.

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