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31 Oct 2022

Qatar 2022: Former Kenyan stadium security guard tells MEE of his detention & deportation over his labour rights advocacy, incl. FIFA response

Geoffrey Otieno is a Kenyan migrant worker who was employed in Qatar as a security guard. In June 2022, he was arrested by Qatari policy, detained for eight days and then deported; prior to his deportation he had been working as an investigator of labour rights abuses with NGO Equidem.

During his four years at Qatar he had worked as a security guard and safety inspector at Lusail Stadium and Al Janoub Stadium, venues built for the upcoming Qatar 2022 World Cup. Geoffrey told Middle East Eye that his work was not activism but raising awareness among migrant workers of their rights.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited FIFA to respond to the report that Geoffrey was "detained and deported from the Gulf state over his advocacy for better conditions for migrant workers", given Geoffrey's employment at World Cup stadiums; FIFA's response can be read below.