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Oman: 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. The French Publishers Association and the organisers of the Paris Book Fair announced, in Paris, on 19 July 2018 that the Ministry of Information of ...

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Oman: Statement on the ban of a book from the Muscat International Book Fair 2019

Statement on the ban of my new book “The Spring of Female Liberals” from the Muscat International Book Fair 2019I have regrettably been informed of the ban and confiscation of my new book about “interviews with female activists” from the 24th Muscat International Book Fair 2019.This book contains a series of dialogues with women activists and human rights defenders from ...

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Oman: Internal Security Service continues to arrest Internet activists supporting the Palestinian cause

According to reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights) GCHR) and the Omani Association for Human Rights (OAHR), the Internal Security Service (ISS) in Oman continues its systematic policies repressing freedom of expression and opinion. In recent days, the ISS has arrested a number of Internet activists who support the Palestinian cause. On 17 February 2019, Internet activist ...

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Statement of denouncement by The Omani Association for HR against all forms of normalization with the Zionist entity

The Omani Association for Human Rights asserts its belief in the Palestinian people’s rights; including their right to regain their occupied territories, and their right of return. Hence, the Omani Association for Human Rights strongly condemns and denounces the recent proceeding conducted by the Omani government, particularly the ill-fated reception of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by Sultan Qaboos bin ...

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Oman: Authorities continue to harass human rights defenders and impose restrictions on Internet activists

The Internal Security Service(ISS) continued its campaign against human rights as well as bloggers and Internet activists who supported the Palestinian cause in addition to their opposition to Netanyahu’s visit to Oman in late October 2018. On January 22, 2019, prominent human rights lawyer and writer BasmaAl-Keumypublished an article in Al-Falaq under the title “I write in defense of my ...

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Basma AlKiyumi: I write in defence of my right!

An article was published on 22 January 2019, at an Omani electronic magazine called “Al Falaq”. written in Arabic by Basma Al Kiyumi; an Omani lawyer, human rights defender and a writer. The article entitled “I write in defence of my right!”, in which she explained the extent of discrimination and harassment she is subjected to in her work, especially ...

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Oman: Cycle continues as another online activist detained, and two other activists released

According to reliable reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Omani Association for Human Rights (OAHR), the Internal Security Service (ISS)in Oman detained online activist and blogger Hatem Al-Malikilast week. The ISS also released twoonline activists,Salem Al-Arimiand Uday Al-Omairi.On 10 December, International Human Rights Day, GCHR and OAHR call for an end to the arbitrary ...

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Omani student activist threatened by a media figure

On 5th of December 2018, a video clip was posted on numerous social media websites. The clip was broadcasted live by Moosa Al-Farei, who is an Omani media figure close to the authorities. He is also a radio presenter who works at a local radio station called Al-Wisal. Mr. Al-Farei was broadcasting live when he started talking with an inciting ...

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Oman: Sultanate participates in the Oman-European Press Forum in France despite ongoing violations of freedom of expression and the press

The Oman-European Forum,entitled “Between Oman and Europe: Bridges for Journalistic, Literary and Artistic Communication”, is being organised by the Omani Journalists Association in cooperation with the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman in France. The forum will be held on 19 November 2018 at UNESCO Headquarters, coinciding with the celebrations of the Sultanate of Oman on its forty-eighth national day. ...

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Oman: One Internet activist released and another activist detained, leaving many in detention

The Omani Association For Human Rights (OAHR) and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) have received reliable information about the release of Internet activist and writer Sultan Al-Maktoumi on 07 November 2018, and the arrest of Internet activist Uday Al-Omairi on the very same day. It is noteworthy that the Internal Security Service (ISS) has launched an ongoing campaign ...

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