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Oman: Two Internet activists sentenced to prison

The authorities in Oman continue to target the public liberties of citizens on an ongoing basis. The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Omani Association for Human Rights (OAHR) denounce the authorities’ use of the judiciary to sentence Internet activists to prison in violation of their rights to freedom of expression online and offline. On 07 June 2022, ...

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Oman: On the occasion of IFJ’s 31st Congress in Muscat, Omani authorities must respect public freedoms

The International Federation of Journalist (IFJ), based in Belgium, will hold its 31st Congress in Muscat between 31 May and 03 June 2022. The Omani Journalists Association (OJA) will represent Oman in hosting this event. The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Omani Association for Human Rights (OAHR) take this opportunity to call on both IFJ and OJA, ...

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Oman: Authorities must stop targeting journalist and human rights defender Mukhtar Al-Hinai

The Omani authorities continue to target human rights defenders, journalists, bloggers, and Internet activists in a systematic pattern that they have pursued for many years. Journalist and human rights defender Mukhtar Al-Hinai is subjected to a campaign of judicial harassment, in flagrant violation of his freedom of expression and jeopardising press freedom in Oman. On 09 March 2022, Al-Hinai posted ...

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Oman: The arrest of engineer and internet activist Ahmed Muslim Al-Kathiri

On 28 February 2022, a tweet posted by engineer and online activist Ahmed Muslim Al-Kathiri stated the following: “After the court ruling today, which stipulated the rejection of the case, it became clear to us that the authority is still in control of the judiciary and not, as it is rumored, that the government has no authority over it. The ...

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Oman: Internet activist Abu Al-Yasa Al-Rawahi arrested

On 17 February 2022, the security forces arrested Internet activist Dr. Abdulmajeed bin Hamoud Al-Rawahi (Abu Yasa Al-Rawahi) due to his criticism of the ruling family. He was released after four days of detention on 21 February 2022. On 14 February 2022, Abu Yasa Al-Rawahi tweeted on his Twitter account a comment on a photo published on the same day ...

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Oman: “All Questions” program presented by broadcaster Kholoud Al-Alawi has been suspended

In an arbitrary measure that greatly endangers freedom of expression, the Ministry of Information decided on 01 December 2021 to prevent the broadcast of the “All Questions” program, presented by the prominent broadcaster, Kholoud Al-Alawi, on Hala FM radio. The “All Questions” program enjoys a wide following amongst the citizens of Oman due to the important and pertinent topics it ...

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Torture in the Sultanate of Oman: Lost Liberties and Suppression of Human Rights Activists

The Omani Association for Human Rights has Produced a report on torture in Oman in Cooperation with the Gulf Centre for Human Rights With Support from the European Union in August 2021 Read the full report Torture-in-the-Sultanate-of-Oman-Lost-Liberties-and-Suppression-of-Human-Rights-Activists-Download

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Oman: Authorities carry out a new series of arrests of internet activists

The authorities in Oman have continued their campaign of arrests of Internet activists, imposing strict control on citizens, including writers and intellectuals, who provide their opinions on public issues through social media. The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Omani Association for Human Rights (OAHR) call on the authorities to respect freedom of expression. The security forces arrested ...

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The Pegasus Project: MENA Surveillance Coalition demands an end to the sale of surveillance technology to the region’s autocratic governments

We, the undersigned human rights organizations, call for an immediate halt to the use, sale and transfer of surveillance technology to autocratic oppressive governments across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In light of revelations exposing the staggering scale of surveillance targeted at human rights defenders including journalists, bloggers and Internet activists facilitated by NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, we ...

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Oman: Internet activist Ghaith Al-Shibli arrested and writer Saud Al-Zadjali targeted online

home in Sohar. Reliable local reports confirmed that he is still being held by the North Al-Batinah Governorate Police Command in Sohar, which is the regional centre of the governorate. Al-Shibli has a Twitter account with more than 7,000 followers, which he uses to peacefully express his views. He also uses the hashtag (#Ghaith_spaces) to organise dialogues on various topics ...

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