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Oman: Internal Security Service establishes new mechanism of control over the Internet

On 10 June 2020, Sultan Haitham bin Tarik issued decree No. 64 of 2020 establishing the Cyber Defence Centre, and accordingly on 14 June 2020 the Official Gazette No. 1345 published the method of work of this centre, which includes 11 articles. The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Omani Association for Human Rights (OAHR) are concerned that ...

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Joint CIVICUS OAHR GCHR UPR submission 2020 on Oman

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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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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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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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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: 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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