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Malcolm Bidali

Migrant Workers’ Rights Activist

Malcolm Bidali is a former migrant worker in Qatar and the co-founder of Migrant Defenders, a Kenya-based civil society organization defending the rights of migrant workers in the Gulf. While in Qatar, he became a prominent anonymous whistleblower of brutal conditions for migrant laborers in the lead-up to Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In May 2021, the Qatari regime unmasked his identity and imprisoned him in solitary confinement for nearly a month on trumped-up charges of “disseminating false news/receiving payments from foreign agents to spread disinformation.” He is the 2023 laureate of the Nuremberg International Human Rights Award for his undeterred fight against the exploitation of migrant workers.” 

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