A Qatari whistleblower who was once jailed after elevating considerations in regards to the mistreatment of migrant staff at World Cup stadium websites was once tortured at the eve of the match, human rights teams have claimed. Fair Square and Amnesty International additionally launched a letter from the circle of relatives of Abdullah Ibhais, a former media supervisor in Qatar’s Supreme Committee, who accused Fifa of “callous indifference” for ignoring his case.
They at the moment are calling for the United Nations running workforce on arbitrary detention to intrude within the hope that Ibhais might be launched from his three-year prison sentence.
In the letter, Ibhais’s circle of relatives declare he spent 4 days “in complete darkness in solitary confinement after being physically assaulted” as punishment for contributing to closing month’s ITV documentary Qatar: State of Fear? – with the air con at complete blast and used as a torture software.
“He was in a cell of two by one meters with a hole in the ground as a bathroom and with temperatures near freezing,” the letter provides. “’I was already suffering from several bruises after the prison guards assault and I was shivering all the time, as the cold air directed to me never stopped. ‘I hardly slept during those four days,’ he told us.
Ibhais says he was jailed after raising concerns that the Supreme Committee planned to deny that World Cup workers were involved in a strike of between 4,000 and 6,000 people in Doha. He says he found 200 workers in Education- City Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium that had no drinking water and had not been paid for four months.
However, Qatar’s authorities insist that Ibhais, who was removed from his role in 2019, was sentenced on fraud charges relating to a contract to produce social media content for the World Cup. But that is disputed by Amnesty and Fair Square, who say he was coerced into a confession and denied a fair trial.
Nicholas McGeehan of Fair Square said Ibhais had gone to Fifa before his arrest. “He was messaging directly members of Fifa’s human rights team,” said McGeehan. “At some point, however, they just disappeared. They essentially ghosted him – for want of a better word – and he had no further communication from them after that.”
Ibhais’s circle of relatives additionally immediately criticize Fifa of their letter. “We the family of Abdullah Ibhais are calling out Fifa and its president Gianni Infantino, who once said ‘the World Cup is the voice of the marginalised’,” it states. “Your deeds have not lived as much as your phrases, Fifa is complicit in Abdullah’s imprisonment and Fifa’s silence is tearing aside our circle of relatives. We refuse Fifa’s callous indifference, we refuse to back off.
It provides: “We’re calling on Fifa to take duty and in the end come clean with this human rights travesty. We name upon the Qatari government for Abdullah’s rapid liberate and ask all human rights organizations, reporters, activists, avid gamers and the target market of the World Cup to name for freedom for Abdullah.”
FIFA and the Supreme Committee had been approached for remark. Both showed they had been acutely aware of the letter and its contents.