Qatar under pressure to release detained Kenyan activist

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Malcolm Bidali, a Kenya migrant worker in Qatar remains in detention more than a week after his arrest.

The issue has been reported to the Kenyan Embassy in Qatar.

The Embassy says that the Qatari government has not given many details about Bidali’s arrest.

“We were informed that he has been arrested by state security services,” Joel Mwanzia, labour attache at the Kenyan embassy in Doha said.

“Since that notification sometime last week, we have not been briefed on what action has been taken against him or if he has been produced in court.” 

GSS Certis International where Bidali worked as a guard in response to queries of his arrest told Al Jazeera “We are aware that one of our employees has been detained by the authorities. Any questions regarding his detention should be referred to the authorities.”

The Kenyan is said to have disappeared on May 4 shortly after making a presentation to civil society groups on the state of migrant workers in Qatar. He used services as a security guard as a case study.

Bidali has for the last three years that he has worked with a coalition of organizations on the rights of migrant workers in Qatar. They include, Fairsquare, Human Rights Watch, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

These civil society groups have lobbied the government to release Bidali.

On May 19, 240 Qatar Foundation had its 240 members sign a petition and sent it to His Excellency Sheikha Hind Bint Hamad Al Thani.