Qatar releases detained Nepali origin Britishers

Two human rights workers held captive in Qatar have been released after eight days on Tuesday.

Human rights workers Krishna Upadhyaya (52) and photographer Gundev Ghimire (36) had disappeared while they were investigating into labourers’ situation deployed for constructing facilities for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup.

Upadhyaya’s nephew Shreya Paudel confirmed the release.



“I am excited to share the good news that he is free,” Paudel wrote on his Facebook 40 minutes ago.

He added that his uncle Krishna had called Upadhyaya’s wife Sarita to confirm the release. 

Earlier, Upadhyaya himself updated his Facebook status eight hours ago, which read, “Just released, will fly in two days time! We do not have mobile yet, so wait for our calls!”

The duo was in Norway before leaving for Qatar for the assignment on August 27. 

They were employed by a Norwegian organisation, Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD). Both were carrying British passports and were working in cooperation with Nepali diplomats in the Gulf. 

Source: THT