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Despite local reluctance: OAHR participates in preparing Oman UPR shadow reports

OAHR participated with a number of international human rights NGOs in preparing the United Nations shadow reports for the Universal Periodic Review 2020 (UPR) for Oman in its 37th session. The deadline for reporting to the Human Rights Council was the July 9, 2020. The UPR is an international procedure that follows the Human Rights Council, which was established by ...

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OAHR Launches Mother Land Campaign

OAHR is pleased to announce the launch of the Mother Land campaign on June 20, which coincides with World Refugee Day, to raise awareness about the right of Omani women married to non-Omanis to pass their nationality to their children.

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Oman: Freedom of expression continues to be targeted

Freedom of expression remains at risk in Oman, where Internet activists and journalists are routinely arrested on charges related to “misuse of social media”. The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Omani Association for Human Rights (OAHR) call for an end to the censorship of online human rights activities. On the evening of 03 June 2020, Internet activist ...

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Oman: Trial of writer and civil society activist Musallam Al-Ma’ashani postponed indefinitely

Local reports confirmed that the trial in Oman of writer and civil society activist Musallam Al-Ma’ashani has been postponed indefinitely due to the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He was released on 25 April 2020, with a bail of 3,000 OMR ($7,800). A letter issued by the Public Prosecution in Salalah on 12 March 2020 had asked Al-Ma’ashani to appear ...

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An urgent call to promote and protect the rights of stateless persons in their COVID-19 responses

We join 83 civil society actors working on the right to nationality, non-discrimination, & statelessness in urging states, donors & other stakeholders to promote & protect the rights of the #stateless in their #COVIDー19 responses https://files.institutesi.org/Joint_Statement_in_Solidarity_with_the_Stateless.pdf

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Oman: Government must stop confiscating books and arresting online activists

The Muscat International Book Fair, being held from 22 February to 02 March 2020, has prohibited and confiscated over 20 books written by well-known authors – mostly from Oman – directly contradicting a speech given by the Sultan of Oman. The book banning represents an attack on freedom of expression in the country, say the Gulf Centre for Human Rights ...

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Defying The Odds

By: Anonymous ‘You swam the five oceans and want to climb the seven summits with the hijab on?’ one popular question I get asked frequently. People either think I am daring or ridiculous to opt for solo travel, but my love for challenges stems from my individuality, my identity, and my upbringing. I grew up trilingual in a mixed household; ...

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OAHR participate in EU parliament meeting to say ‘NO’ to FGM

The Omani Association for Human Rights (OAHR) participated in a meeting in Brussels, Belgian from 3 to 4 February 2020. This meeting was organised by END FGM EU Network which consists of thirty European organisations uniting to end Female Genital Mutilation in Europe and beyond including Terre Des Femmes (TDF) . TDF is a German non-profit women’s organisation based in ...

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Oman: Writer and civil activist Musallam Al-Ma’ashani must be freed

18-November-2019 According to reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Oman Association for Human Rights (OAHR), writer and civil activist Musallam Al-Ma’ashani has been arrested. On 14 November 2019, security forces arrested Al-Ma’ashani at the Sarafit border crossing with Yemen while he was returning to his home country Oman. He was transferred to Arzat Central ...

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A UNHCR statement confirms that the Omani government does not recognize stranded Omanis in East Africa

Melanie Khanna, head of the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Chief of UNHCR, gave a statement during The World Conference on Statelessness which was held at The Hague, Netherlands, on 26 -28 June 2019, that the Omani government do not recognise the persons of Omani origin who are stranded in East Africa. Replying to a ...

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