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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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OAHR launches “Right to Return” campaign, coinciding with the World Conference on Statelessness

OAHR launches “Right to Return” campaign, which coincides with its participation in the World Conference on Statelessness, which will be held in The Hague, Netherlands, on 26 to 28 June 2019. The campaign was launched to help thousands of Omanis who are stranded in East Africa, as well as in the rest of the world; especially in Zanzibar, Kenya and ...

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Radio programme banned from hosting Omani writer Said Sultan Al Hashimi

On Monday, April 15, 2019, An Omani private radio station called AlShabiba announced the cancellation of its weekly program “The Decision”, which previously hosted many Omani public figures. It was supposed to host the Omani writer and researcher Said bin Sultan Al-Hashimi. The radio channel did not mention the reasons for the cancellation, saying only on its Twitter page : ...

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URG Publish it’s report on Women’s Rights

The Universal Rights Group, it is an independent, human rights research center based in Geneva. Published on March 2019 its report on women’s rights. The regional workshop on ‘lifting religion-based reservations to the core international human rights conventions as a means of strengthening women’s rights at national level, and the role of women’s rights advocacy groups in that regard.’ was ...

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Oman to participate in 2019 Paris Book Fair despite banning books at home

Oman will be a “special guest” at the 2019 Paris Book Fair (the Salon du Livre de Paris ) scheduled to take place between 15-19 March 2019, despite banning books at the Muscat International Book Fair . he French Publishers Association and the organisers of the Paris Book Fair announced, in Paris, on 19 July 2018 that the Ministry of ...

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