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Oman: Two Internet activists arrested due to their writings

The Omani Association for Human Rights (OAHR) and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) have received with great concern the news that the Internal Security Service (ISS) has started a new campaign against bloggers and Internet activists who are supporters of the Palestinian cause. According to reports received by OAHR and GCHR, Sultan Al-Maktoumi (pictured on the right), an ...

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Oman: Oman to participate in 2019 Paris Book Fair despite series of ongoing violations of human rights

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 the Sultanate of Oman has signed an agreement to participate as a “special guest” at the 2019 Paris Book Fair, the Salon du Livre de Paris, scheduled to take place between 15-19 March 2019. The ...

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OAHR participates in UNHRC Event on cyberactivism and repression of digital rights

The OAHR participated in a side event on “Digital Rights Across the Gulf and Neighbouring Countries”, held at the 38th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on 26 June 2018, organised by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR. Habiba Al-Hiani, the executive director at OAHR participated in the event. The event examined recent cases of ...

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OAHR participates in a Workshop on documentation of torture in closed space or from exile in Geneva

OAHR participated in a 3-day workshop on documentation of torture by human rights activists in countries undergoing political crisis, including in particular activists working in difficult to access areas or from exile. The aim of the workshop is to bring together activists from different countries to discuss, share and capture innovative practices as well as lessons learned in documentation and ...

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Oman: Omani Coalition for Human Rights mourns the death of Internet activist Hassan Al-Basham

It is with great sadness that the Omani Coalition for Human Rights received the news of the death of detained Internet activist Hassan Al-Basham. The Coalition, established in March 2018, consists of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, the Omani Association for Human Rights, the Omani Center for Human Rights and Muwatin Center for Press Freedom, Al-Basham passed away on ...

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Oman: Coalition calls for release of writer Abdullah Habib

The Omani Coalition for Human Rights, established in March 2018, consisting of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, the Omani Association for Human Rights, the Omani Center for Human Rights and Muwatin Center for Press Freedom, calls for the release of the writer, film critic and Internet activist Abdullah Habib. On 02 April 2018, the Muscat appeals court upheld a three-year ...

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Human Rights Watch Submission of CEDAW report about Oman

5 Oct 2017 Human Rights Report submission to the CEDAW committee of Oman’s periodic report for the 68th session on October 2017. To read the full report:

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ِFGM study in Oman shows high prevalence all over the Country

According to a study from Oman, female genital mutilation constitutes a widespread phenomenon in Oman in all age groups, and among women from all regional and educational backgrounds. Out of 100 women questioned 78 stated to be “circumcised” (they were asekd if had undergone “khatana al banat”). The human rights activist and statistician Habiba Al Hinai conducted the study “Female ...

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Statement By The United Nations Special Rapporteur On The Rights To Freedom Of Peaceful Assembly And Of Association At The Conclusion Of His Visit To The Sultanate Of Oman

MUSCAT –  13 September 2014 I would like to thank the Government of the Sultanate of Oman for inviting me to visit the country in order to observe the situation of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. Oman is the first country in the Middle East to extend an invitation to my mandate since its establishment ...

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