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British rights workers in Qatar freed after eight days

Pair expected to fly home in two days

British rights workers in Qatar freed after eight days
British human rights researcher Krishna Upadhyaya and photographer Ghimire Gundev.

Two British human rights workers who were detained by Qatari authorities have been released, eight days after their initial arrest.

In a Facebook post late last night, Krishna Upadhyaya said: “Just released, will fly in two days time! We do not have mobile yet, so wait for our calls!”

Upadhyaya and fellow human rights worker Ghimire Gundev, who both work for the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), based in Norway, were detained as they prepared to leave their hotel to fly home on August 31.

Fears had grown for their safety and then it emerged the men were being detained by Qatari authorities.

Qatar's ministry of foreign affairs said the men were being investigated for "violating the law of the land". It said security forces had treated the men in accordance with international human rights law and British consular officials had been able to visit them.

The two had been investigating the conditions of Nepalese migrant labourers in Qatar.

David 5 years ago

The Qatari authorities had every right to investigate people who they consider may be a security or political threat to the country, The rights workers were permitted entry into Qatar however under Qatari law it does not give them a license to start investigating into the labour employment situation and labour laws of the country. Those who are involved in Human Rights activities should be aware before entering a Middle East Country or indeed any country just where their investigating can start and stop. There are other countries who would not even consider issuing a visa to those who are involved in civil and human rights as they have no desire for anyone who could disrupt the security of the country.
For the future those who desire to support which ever human or civil rights activity in a country it would be prudent to be aware of the consequences if they violet that country's related laws .