Qatar: Over 45 MEPs call for dropping of charges against security guard & activist Malcolm Bidali, greater protection of migrant rights & human rights defenders
"Call from Members of the European Parliament to protect migrant workers’ rights in Qatar and stop criminalizing Malcolm Bidali and other human rights defenders" 7 June 2021
...We call on the European Commission, the European Council, and the Member States to urge Qatari authorities to immediately and unconditionally drop all charges held against human rights defender Malcom Bidali, as we believe he is solely being targeted as a result of his peaceful and legitimate human rights work.
We call on the European Commission, the European Council, and the Member States to make full use of the tools at their disposal, in compliance with the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders. We also call on them to urge the Qatari authorities to stop criminalizing human rights defenders and to guarantee the full respect of their rights 6 .
We further call on the European Commission, the European Council, and the Member States to urge Qatar to fully recognize and protect migrant workers’ rights, including freedom of expression, freedom of movement, and the right to organize and form unions.
We further call on the European Union and the Member States to uphold the responsibility of European transnational companies that cause, contribute, or are directly linked to human and workers’ rights violations in Qatar, including in the context of the organization of the 2022 World Cup.
We call on FIFA and the European national football federations to adopt human rights policies and to do their utmost to prevent and meaningfully address human rights violations occurring in relation to the organization of the 2022 World Cup.