Field report: Locate and Release Missing Activists (Qatar)


To advocate, urgently and immediately, to urge Qatari authorities to declare the whereabouts of missing activists, Krishna Upadhyaya and Ghimire Gundev and secure their release and protection.


“I am being followed by the police here. Looks like they will give me troubles now.” This was one of the final and somewhat ominous messages sent by Krishna shortly before he was due to leave for the airport in Doha. Neither Krishna nor Ghimire arrived at the airport.

They were in Qatar researching the plight of migrant laborers constructing facilities for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup, conducting interviews with Nepali laborers, and investigating working conditions. Krishna expressed that he “felt very insecure about what might happen when he left the hotel for the airport.” Krishna checked out of his hotel but did not board a planned flight back to Norway.

It was feared that they had been detained by Qatari security forces and subjected to enforced disappearance. We asked advocates to join us in calling on Qatari authorities to immediately investigate the whereabouts of Krishna and Ghimire, ensuring they are allowed immediate access to their family members and a lawyer of their choice, that they receive any medical treatment they may require, and that they be protected from all forms of torture or other ill-treatment.


We participated in a demonstration outside the Qatari Embassy in London alongside their friends and family, Anti-Slavery International, and Amnesty International (both partners in this campaign), and Frontline for Human Rights Defenders. After several days, the Qatari authorities admitted that they had detained Krishna and Ghimire, purportedly on immigration grounds, before releasing them. Soon after, they were allowed to leave Qatar. This situation highlighted dangers that anti-slavery activists face.


Our partner in this campaign:

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. They are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. They are independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. No government is beyond scrutiny. No situation is beyond hope. Few would have predicted when they started that torturers would become international outlaws. That most countries would abolish the death penalty. And seemingly untouchable dictators would be made to answer for their crimes.

Front Line Defenders

Front Line Defenders provides rapid and practical support to human rights defenders at risk through: international advocacy, including emergency support for those in immediate danger; grants to pay for the practical security needs; trainings and resource materials on security and protection; rest, respite and other opportunities for human rights defenders dealing with extreme stress; opportunities for networking and exchange between human rights defenders; the annual Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk; and an emergency 24-hour phone line for human rights defenders operating in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

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Anti-Slavery International

Anti-Slavery International is the world’s oldest international human rights organisation, founded in 1839 by British abolitionists. They work to address the root causes of slavery through raising awareness, campaigning, and directly engaging with governments and international organisations. Working in partnership with local organisations they support individuals and communities affected by slavery and facilitate access to education, justice and compensation for people freed from slavery.