Oman

Omani authorities target online activists and environmental rights defenders

Online activist Muslim Al-Badi, surrenders himself to authorities to complete the one year and three months remainder of his sentence; several environmental activists arrested; Three online activists arrested; Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Oman bans voice chat application, Clubhouse Read more

Omani authorities target online activists and environmental rights defenders

Human rights organisations criticise civic space restrictions ahead of UPR review

Joint CSO UPR report on Oman finds that the government of Oman has failed to implement the recommendations relating to civic space since its last UPR review in 2015; Human Rights Watch publishes a letter sent to the Oman Human Rights Commission expressing their deep concern at the arrests and convictions of several individuals under a provision of Oman’s 2018 Penal Code that criminalises “imitating the opposite sex;" Internet activist Ghazi Al-Awlaki released after a period of detention by the Internal Security Service (ISS) in retaliation against his social media activities; Sultan bin Tariq issues decree No. 64 of 2020 establishing the Cyber Defence Centre grants absolute control for regulating internet services devices and data to the ISS Read more

Human rights organisations criticise civic space restrictions ahead of UPR review

Oman: Artistic censorship and harassment of online activists continues

Rights groups call on the government of Oman to permanently lift the ban on all Voice Over IP (VoIP) platforms; CSOs criticise widespread censorship at the Muscat Bookfair; Government continues to restrict freedom of expression online by targeting broadcasters and human rights defenders for their posts on Twitter and other social media platforms. Read more

Oman: Artistic censorship and harassment of online activists continues

Omani journalists arrested and detained ahead of Israeli Prime Minister visit

Omani authorities target online activists and bloggers Read more

Omani journalists arrested and detained ahead of Israeli Prime Minister visit

Omani authorities arbitrarily detain individuals in Musandam Governorate

Five people were arbitrarily arrested and detained for unclear reasons, although human rights activists believe the arrests could have been motivated by discrimination based on their tribal origin. Read more

Omani authorities arbitrarily detain individuals in Musandam Governorate

Civil society calls for an immediate investigation into activist's death in prison

Freedom of expression continues to be threatened in Oman and internet activists and writers have been targeted in recent weeks. Most recently, human rights groups have called for an investigation into the death of detained Internet activist Hassan Al-Basham whose case was previously reported in the CIVICUS Monitor. Al-Basham died on 28 April 2018 while serving a three-year sentence in Samail Central Prison. Read more

Civil society calls for an immediate investigation into activist's death in prison

Omani authorities seize books at Muscat international book fair

Omani authorities continue to restrict the right to freedom of expression, most recently targeting the Muscat International Book Fair. Authorities in Oman confiscated a number of books during the international event held in Oman from 21st February 2018 to 3rd March 2018. Read more

Omani authorities seize books at Muscat international book fair

New penal code could threaten civic space in Oman

The Omani government introduced a new penal code on 15th January 2018 raising alarm among civil society. In particular, the overly broad provisions in the code have caused concern that authorities could restrict the work of human rights defenders and curtail the rights to freedom of association, expression and assembly. Read more

 New penal code could threaten civic space in Oman

Independent newspaper shut down permanently by Omani Supreme Court

After a long court battle, a final decision was reached regarding the Azamn newspaper case and the Court shut down the paper permanently. Read more

 Independent newspaper shut down permanently by Omani Supreme Court