This Fake Nonprofit Has Been Accused Of Spying on Real Human Rights Activists
In mid-2015 Qatar was at the center of a scandal. Contentious reports suggested that 1,200 migrant workers died working on construction for the 2022 World Cup. The Qatar government refuted the claims, saying no lives had been lost in the construction of stadiums whatsoever. Whatever the real number, the waves of images and stories showing the abysmal treatment of those building modern day colosseums caught the public’s imagination.
Non-profits working on human rights across the Gulf states were not surprised, then, that a small group of unknown British and French activists set up a group called Voiceless Victims. It filled its website, Facebook and Twitter with horrific images of worker conditions, demanding international attention on the crisis.
Except it’s almost certain Voiceless Victims was a fake.