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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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Dismissed workers, between peaceful protest and riots to claim their rights

Dozens of photos and videos were circulated on social media of hundreds of Omani and expatriate dismissed workers from their jobs in private companies or who have been on the job for months without receiving their salaries. Some of the photos and videos show dozens of workers sabotaging and breaking the headquarter of the Al-Turki company in a state of ...

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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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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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