Tag: Oman

General view at the opening day of the 22nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on February 25, 2013 in Geneva. The Council kicks off with widespread abuses in North Korea and Mali the top items on the agenda, along with the crisis in Syria. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

HRC40 Written Statement: The Targeting of Human Rights Defenders in the GCC

Ahead of the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain submitted a written statement to the Council raising serious concern over the targeting of Human Rights Defenders in Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Continue reading for the text of the statement or […]

Oman: Where Criticizing the Government Can Warrant a Seven Year Sentence

Oman: Where Criticizing the Government Can Warrant a Seven Year Sentence

Throughout Oman, freedom of speech is nonexistent as the government routinely detains activists, academics, and other critical figures for publicizing any dissent of the government. Free expression is heavily constrained and even criminalized under the law – in 2018, Oman updated its Penal Code, ultimately further increasing restrictions and allowing […]

Oman Detains Two Activists as Sultanate Continues to Silence Critics

Oman Detains Two Activists as Sultanate Continues to Silence Critics

In October, Oman’s Internal Security Service (ISS) detained two activists in an apparent attempt to silence them. Journalist Sultan Al-Maktoumi was detained 23 October 2018; it was presumed that he was detained to control his criticism ahead of Israel’s Prime Minister’s visit to Oman a few days later. Just a […]

Oman Continues to Target Writers and Activists

Oman Continues to Target Writers and Activists

On 2 April 2018, the Appeals Court in Muscat, Oman upheld the three-year sentence of writer and online activist, Abdullah Habib on charges concerning “state public order”. While the Court suspended two-and-a-half years of his sentence, he has been sent to Samail Central Prison to serve the remaining six months […]