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Oman: Four peaceful activists sentenced to prison and another citizen tortured

07-April-2021An Omani court has sentenced three environmental activists to prison, ranging from one to six months, with fines. In another case, an online activist was sent to prison for over a year, in violation of his right to freedom of expression. Another Omani citizen has also reported that he was tortured in detention in 2017. On 31 March 2021, the ...

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Oman: Two environmental activists await trial after a third activist acquitted

held a session during which it decided to release the environmental activist Dr. Ahmed Issa Qatan on bail until the date of the next hearing, which is scheduled to take place on 17 March 2021.Likewise, the same court of First Instance held a second hearing on 10 March 2021, during which it acquitted Internet activist Amer Muslim Bait Saeed (Amr ...

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Oman: Two activists detained by security authorities while a third activist referred to court

Association for Human Rights (OAHR) confirmed that, on 28 February 2021, the security authorities in Oman’s Dhofar Governorate arrested poet and Internet activist Salem Ali Al-Maashani and Internet activist Amer Muslim Bait Saeed (Amr Al-Hkli). The arrests are a result of the Internal Security Service (ISS) campaign against activists who are seeking to preserve the traditional way of life in ...

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Oman: Detention of environmental activist Dr. Ahmed Issa Qatan extended for two weeks before trial

According to reliable local reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Omani Association for Human Rights (OAHR), on 24 February 2021, the security authorities brought environmental activist Dr. Ahmed Issa Qatan to appear before the Public Prosecution, where he was investigated and charged with using social media in a way that would prejudice public order. ...

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Oman: Internal Security Service arrests environmental activist Dr. Ahmed Issa Qatan

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Omani Association for Human Rights (OAHR) have received reports confirming that the Internal Security Service (ISS) has arrested environmental activist Dr. Ahmed Issa Qatan. On 23 February 2021, Dr. Qatan was summoned to appear before the Special Division of the Salalah Police Command, where he was arrested upon arrival. The Special ...

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Why is it necessary for girls to outperform boys?

By: Sama Al MiqbaliTranslated from Arabic by Habiba Al Hinai According to one study, girls outperform boys in school. In 2015, for example, girls outperformed boys in a reading competition in 69 of the tested countries. The norm in our societies is that girls are more concentrated in studying. That is why their grades are high, but on the other ...

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Oman: Internet activist Ghazi Al-Awlaki must be freed

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Omani Association for Human Rights (OAHR) express their grave concern at the continued detention in Oman of Internet activist Ghazi Al-Awlaki by the Internal Security Service (ISS) for his peaceful activities on social media.On 19 July 2020, after being summoned by the Special Division, the executive arm of the notorious ISS, ...

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Omani Petition supporting equal Nationality rights signed by thousands

On 24th August 2020 Salma Al Harrasi thanked on change.org the 2464 signatories of the petition she posted two days earlier under the title “Changes and amendments of rules for the Omani women married to non Omanis & their children”. This petition aims to change current laws in Oman, according to which the children of Omani women are not recognised ...

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A joint Appeal to UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

OAHR and Equality Now, prepared a joint submission letter to CSW 2020. Equality Now is a non profit organisation, its mission to use the law to protect and promote the human rights of women and girls all over the world. The deadline for the NGO’s submission was the July 31, 2020.The CSW Working Group was established by the Human Rights ...

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Oman FGM study cited in UNFPA Swop Report 2020

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) State of World Population report “Against my will” issued in June 2020 cited the 2014 OAHR Executive Director’s study on female genital mutilation (FGM) in Oman. This study was the only source about FGM in Oman they referenced due to an absence of similar studies and information in this regard. The study was referenced ...

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