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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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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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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: 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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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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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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