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The Cost of Contagion

The human rights impacts of COVID-19 on migrant workers in the Gulf

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About us

Equidem is a human rights and labour rights charity working globally and locally to promote the rights of marginalised communities, accountability for serious violations, and building the human rights movement. Our team of experts and field investigators expose injustice, provide solutions for the most intractable human rights challenges and work closely with grassroots and regional civil society to empower the individual and the community.

The Team

Deepika Thapaliya

Projects Manager

Deepika is a qualified lawyer in Nepal with experience working as a Legal Assistant for a respected law firm and undertaking human rights research for Amnesty International Nepal. She is also a founding member of a local Senior Citizen Service Community, a non-profit organization that protects and promotes senior citizens’ rights. Deepika speaks English, Hindi and Nepali.

Dennis Dome

Kenya Researcher

Dome is responsible for designing, implementing and supervising research projects in East and Horn of Africa and labour migration corridors to the Gulf countries. His experience includes data mining on engendering inclusivity for UNWOMEN and conducting violent extremism research for USAID. He has also been involved in a range of projects for clients including Core Group Polio Project, Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Save The Children and CARE International.

Eiffel Abedin

Bangladesh Researcher

EiffeI has extensive experience as a social researcher and journalist including previously as the Diplomatic Correspondent for Bangladesh News and Dhaka Tribune, and reporting for Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua, China Central Television and Al Jazeera Arabic. He covered the Rohingya refugee crisis for US-based magazine Politico and has worked as a Special Correspondent for The Los Angeles Times.

Kamran Arif

Legal Adviser

Kamran Arif is a human rights advocate with thirty years’ experience working in litigation before the High Courts of Pakistan, conducting fact-finding missions, and conducting training and capacity building workshops for civil society and others. He was the Senior Legal Adviser at Open Society Foundation Pakistan for a decade between 2010 and 2020, advising the organisation on a range of grant-making areas and legal compliance matters.

Mini Mohan

Investigator, India and the Arab Gulf

Before joining Equidem, Mini spent 25 years working with civil society organisations and trade unions in India and the wider region. As a long-term advocate for workers’ and migrants’ rights in industries such as fishing, construction and farming, Mini works closely with people from marginalised communities, including low-wage workers, women, children, disabled and transgender people.

Mustafa Qadri

Founder and Executive Director

Mustafa Qadri is the Founder and Executive Director of Equidem, providing overall strategic direction and managing all our projects. He is a human rights research and advocacy expert with 20 years of interdisciplinary experience in government and public international law, journalism and the non-governmental sector.

Namrata Raju

India Director

Namrata is responsible for the successful leadership, management and oversight of Equidem’s work in India and regionally. She is a labour researcher with over a decade of experience working in South Asia and the Arab Gulf. Namrata has provided research inputs to an array of public and private sector actors across India and the Gulf. First as a fellow from Harvard's Women and Public Policy programme, and later as an advisor to their Labour Migration unit, Namrata also worked closely with the ILO-Sri Lanka country office in Colombo.

Nani Baral

Projects Assistant

Nani is an experienced office manager and is responsible for a range of administrative and project management functions for Equidem and Equidem Nepal. She brings a range of expertise to Equidem from working in the media and financial services industries in Nepal for over a decade. She has experience in investigative reporting, documentation of human rights and social issues, working with communities and rights holders, and conducting motivational trainings.

Nikhil Eapen

Special Projects Researcher

Nikhil has broad experience spanning human rights research and advocacy, campaigning and mobilisation, investigative reporting and fundraising. Nikhil is the author of the landmark Amnesty International report Exploited dreams: Dispatches from Indian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia. He has a background in labour rights and a proven track record of building and leading large teams that deliver on strategic outcomes.

Rameshwar Nepal

South Asia Director, Nepal Director

Rameshwar has worked on human rights for over two decades, becoming Amnesty International’s longest serving director in Nepal before leaving to join Equidem in 2017. He now manages our work in Nepal, including four field investigators, and coordinates our work across South Asia.

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