OAHR News – Omani Association for Human Rights https://en.omanhr.org Fri, 04 Mar 2022 12:07:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://en.omanhr.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/cropped-Oman-Logo-2-300x216-32x32.jpg OAHR News – Omani Association for Human Rights https://en.omanhr.org 32 32 Oman: The arrest of engineer and internet activist Ahmed Muslim Al-Kathiri https://en.omanhr.org/oman-the-arrest-of-engineer-and-internet-activist-ahmed-muslim-al-kathiri/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 12:07:36 +0000 https://en.omanhr.org/?p=581

On 28 February 2022, a tweet posted by engineer and online activist Ahmed Muslim Al-Kathiri stated the following: “After the court ruling today, which stipulated the rejection of the case, it became clear to us that the authority is still in control of the judiciary and not, as it is rumored, that the government has no authority over it. The policy of states is to bring the ruler and the people closer to consolidate national unity, and the injustice that takes place in the corridors of the judiciary does not cement it, but rather alienates it.”

Al-Kathiri, who works as a project engineer at the University of Technology and Applied Sciences in Dhofar Governorate, uses his Twitter account to express his personal views on public issues that concern citizens, especially the issue of Al-Morouj lands.

On the same day, the Administrative Court of the Dhofar Governorate dismissed the case filed by some citizens against the Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar, Mohammed bin Sultan Al-Bousaidi regarding the unlawful distribution of the Al-Morouj’s lands to influential people and high-ranking government officials.

Reliable local sources confirmed that on 02 March 2022, the security authorities arrested and detained Al-Kathiri. He has been completely isolated from the outside world and has not been allowed to contact his family or lawyer.
As soon as the news of his arrest spread, a large campaign of solidarity calling for his release was launched on social media. He has been described as a patriotic figure who wants the good and justice of the citizens.

Torture in the Sultanate of Oman: Lost Liberties and Suppression of Human Rights Activists https://en.omanhr.org/torture-in-the-sultanate-of-oman-lost-liberties-and-suppression-of-human-rights-activists/ Thu, 26 Aug 2021 10:33:44 +0000 https://en.omanhr.org/?p=557

The Omani Association for Human Rights has Produced a report on torture in Oman in Cooperation with the Gulf Centre for Human Rights With Support from the European Union in August 2021

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OAHR participation in FGM report: A Call For A Global Response https://en.omanhr.org/oahr-participated-in-the-fgm-report-a-call-for-a-global-response/ https://en.omanhr.org/oahr-participated-in-the-fgm-report-a-call-for-a-global-response/#respond Fri, 17 Jul 2020 14:35:16 +0000 http://box2339.temp.domains/~omanhror/en/?p=244 OAHR participated in the international report A call For A Global Response to end Female Genital Mutilation/C. The joint report was prepared by a group of women’s rights international organizations such as Equality Now, which is an international human rights organization using the law to protect and promote the rights of women & girls since 1992 and is the International Gender Equality Prize 2019 winner. the report was also prepared by END FGM Network EU, which is a European Women’s Rights Network, consists of 30 European organisations uniting to end FGM in Europe & beyond and END FGM/C U.S Network. The report included an interview with Habiba Al Hinai, OAHR executive director who prepared in 2014 a study about FGM in Oman.

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Despite local reluctance: OAHR participates in preparing Oman UPR shadow reports https://en.omanhr.org/despite-local-reluctance-oahr-participates-in-preparing-oman-upr-shadow-reports/ https://en.omanhr.org/despite-local-reluctance-oahr-participates-in-preparing-oman-upr-shadow-reports/#respond Sun, 12 Jul 2020 17:47:09 +0000 http://box2339.temp.domains/~omanhror/en/?p=214 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 the UN General Assembly in 2006. It aims to improve the human rights records of all (193) UN Member States, through Evaluating the extent to which states respect their obligations regarding human rights. Each state is provided with the opportunity to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situation in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations such as the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and human rights treaties ratified by the state, in addition to the voluntary pledges and commitments made by the state and gives the states the opportunity to review the measures that they have taken to improve the human rights conditions in their countries, including civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights.

The review is based on objective and reliable information on the extent to which each country fulfils its obligations to improve human rights conditions in a manner that ensures the comprehensive application and equal treatment of all states. All member states are reviewed every four years, 48 states are reviewed each year at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland.

There are three official documents that support each review:

The national report prepared by the country under review.
Summary of civil society NGOs and national human rights institutions.
Information provided by “other relevant stakeholders”.

Oman was previously reviewed under the 17th session in January 2011 (First Cycle) and under the 31st session in November 2016 (second Cycle). While the date of the 37th session of the review was postponed from November 2020 to early 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The new date has not been determined yet.

As for the previous two sessions, the Omani government was presented with a set of recommendations related to the violations of human rights in the country to raise its attention that Oman was not committed to its obligations in implementing and respecting human rights on the ground.

Among the documents considered in the UPR for each state are ones that are based on the information provided by independent NGOs, national human rights institutions and individuals, who are allowed to draw the Council’s attention when any human rights violations occur. Accordingly, OAHR cooperated in preparing the third session shadow reports for Oman, and these two reports are:

  • UPR Joint Submission on Statelessness, which was prepared in cooperation with:
    • The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI)
    • The Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights (GCENR)

It is worth noting that, until this date, no local NGOs in Oman has announced the submission of a UPR shadow report for the year of 2020.

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OAHR Launches Mother Land Campaign https://en.omanhr.org/oahr-launches-mother-land-campaign/ https://en.omanhr.org/oahr-launches-mother-land-campaign/#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2020 15:29:50 +0000 http://box2339.temp.domains/~omanhror/en/?p=208 OAHR is pleased to announce the launch of the Mother Land campaign on June 20, which coincides with World Refugee Day, to raise awareness about the right of Omani women married to non-Omanis to pass their nationality to their children.

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An urgent call to promote and protect the rights of stateless persons in their COVID-19 responses https://en.omanhr.org/an-urgent-call-to-promote-and-protect-the-rights-of-stateless-persons-in-their-covid-19-responses/ https://en.omanhr.org/an-urgent-call-to-promote-and-protect-the-rights-of-stateless-persons-in-their-covid-19-responses/#respond Wed, 27 May 2020 10:42:08 +0000 http://box2339.temp.domains/~omanhror/en/?p=184 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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OAHR participate in EU parliament meeting to say ‘NO’ to FGM https://en.omanhr.org/oahr-participate-in-eu-parliament-meeting-to-say-no-to-fgm/ https://en.omanhr.org/oahr-participate-in-eu-parliament-meeting-to-say-no-to-fgm/#respond Wed, 05 Feb 2020 11:22:47 +0000 http://box2339.temp.domains/~omanhror/en/?p=187 The Omani Association for Human Rights (OAHR) participated in a meeting in Brussels, Belgian from 3 to 4 February 2020. This meeting was organised by END FGM EU Network which consists of thirty European organisations uniting to end Female Genital Mutilation in Europe and beyond including Terre Des Femmes (TDF) .

TDF is a German non-profit women’s organisation based in Berlin, which supports women and girls through individual personal assistance and consolation, international networking, advocacy and public outreach, campaigning and lobbying, and promotion of individual projects. TDF’s core topics are female genital mutilation, forced marriage, honour crimes, women trafficking and prostitution, sexual and domestic violence.

Habiba Al Hinai, the OAHR executive director joined TDF in January 2019 as a change agent. She was and still is a part of the “Let’s CHANGE” project which is under the FGM department of (TDF). This project is co-funded by the European Union in order to overcome female genital mutilation in affected communities in the EU countries.

Al Hinai was nominated by TDF to be one of the speakers in an advocacy meetings in Brussels with members of the EU parliament to say ‘NO’ to Female Genital Mutilation by adopting a new resolution to end this practice in Europe and worldwide.

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URG Publish it’s report on Women’s Rights https://en.omanhr.org/urg-publish-its-report-on-womens-rights/ https://en.omanhr.org/urg-publish-its-report-on-womens-rights/#respond Sun, 31 Mar 2019 18:50:08 +0000 http://box2339.temp.domains/~omanhror/en/?p=129

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 convened in Tunisia on 9 and 10 January 2019, with the support of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia
The executive director of the OAHR participated in this meeting.
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OAHR participates in a Workshop on documentation of torture in closed space or from exile in Geneva https://en.omanhr.org/oahr-participate-in-a-workshop-on-documentation-of-torture-in-closed-space-or-from-exile-in-geneva/ https://en.omanhr.org/oahr-participate-in-a-workshop-on-documentation-of-torture-in-closed-space-or-from-exile-in-geneva/#respond Sat, 26 May 2018 11:09:21 +0000 http://box2339.temp.domains/~omanhror/en/?p=219 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 reporting on torture in such situations. The workshop was organised by The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), and took place in Geneva on 23-25 May 2018.

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